Amid BCCI-PCB meet, Vijay Goel says terrorism and sports can’t go hand in hand
Top officials of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will meet in Dubai on Monday to discuss the financial losses, which the former side had suffered due to India’s constant refusal to play bilateral series as per agreement signed in 2014.
However, Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel reiterated on Monday that the two countries cannot play a against each other till terrorism prevails. “India-Pakistan can’t play a bilateral series till the terror from Pakistan remains,” said Goel. “The BCCI should speak with the government first before offering any proposal. Terrorism and sports can’t go hand in hand.”
Goel had made similar statements a few weeks ago, when India had denied visas to the strife-torn nation’s squash and wrestling teams, which were scheduled to participate in Asian Championships.
“Terrorism and sports can’t go along and Pakistan should understand that. The relation between India and Pakistan can be cordial only after Pakistan stops sponsoring cross border terrorism,” Goel had told reporters on the sidelines of the announcement of National Youth Awards.
“India take these things very seriously. We are not at loss, our decision to stop bilateral sporting ties with Pakistan will force Pakistani people to put …read more