No dates available for India-Pak series: BCCI

The BCCI and PCB chairmen met on Monday to resume cricket series between the two countries on neutral venue.

updated: November 02, 2009 12:17 IST
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New Delhi:

No series is possible between India and Pakistan for next six months as there are no dates available, the Indian Board said after a meeting with the PCB chairman on Monday.

The BCCI and PCB chairmen met to resume cricket series between the two countries on neutral venue. The talks between the cricket boards, however, did not come to any conclusion as there are no dates available for next six months.

The two parties will meet again after six months.

Earlier, India's Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor had suggested that any series between India and Pakistan should be organised at a neutral venue - like the USA.

At an event on Saturday, Tharoor said that ever since the attack on the Sri Lankan team in Pakistan, the neighbouring country's cricketing relations with all cricket-playing nations have been strained.

"Because of the terror situation at home, no country is willing to play in Pakistan irrespective of our reasons," Tharoor said, adding, "After the attack on the Sri Lankan team, no sportsman feels sufficiently safe in Pakistan."

Suggesting USA as neutral venue, Tharoor said, "In the television era it really does not matter where the match is being played, as long as you can watch it on your idiot box at home."

Former Pakistan skipper and Pakistan Cricket Board's Director General Javed Miandad backed Tharoor's proposal.

"If Tharoor means what he has said then it is a welcome and positive sign coming from an Indian minister because Pakistan has never said no to bilateral cricket ties with India," Miandad said.

Miandad also felt that perhaps it was the time two boards form a common council and involve the cricket greats like Pakistan's Imran Khan and Sunil Gavaskar of India so that the body could suggest ways to revive bilateral cricket ties.

"Formation of such a common council with former greats would highlight the role of cricket in normalising ties between both countries. It will also ease pressure on the governments and help diffuse the current tension," Miandad said.

Indian government stopped Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men from touring Pakistan early this year after the terror incidents in Mumbai last year, but the PCB has been insisting on reviving bilateral cricket ties with India even at neutral venues.

(With agency inputs)