Fate of India-Pakistan series hanging in balance

Updated: 02 December 2008 16:28 IST

Even before the terror strikes in Mumbai, a cloud of uncertainty hung around the tour because of the security situation in strife-torn Pakistan.

Fate of India-Pakistan series hanging in balance

New Delhi:

No decision has been taken yet on India's upcoming cricket tour of Pakistan according to External Affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee, who said the government would not like to comment on future course of action.

"Any team particularly cricket team or important events like that go, we make review of the security situation prevailing there. Therefore that was the exercises done.

"And in this situation, I would not like to make any comment on the future course of action," Mukherjee told NDTV on Tuesday night.

There is intense speculation that the Tour may be called off in the aftermath of the terror attacks in Mumbai and the foreign minister statement has ensured that the suspense over the fate of the series continue for some more time.

Even before the terror strikes in Mumbai, a cloud of uncertainty hung around the tour because of the security situation in strife-torn Pakistan.

Although the government is yet to make a formal announcement on the fate of the tour, a top BCCI source said that chances of series being played were "minimal".

"After what happened in Mumbai, the chance of an Indian team going to Pakistan is minimal. Of course it is for the government to inform the BCCI about the final decision but the situation is such that it appears that cricket between the two countries is unlikely," the source added.

India are scheduled to play three Test, five one-dayers and a Twenty20 match during their tour from January 6-February 19.

Hit hard by teams after teams refusing to tour the country because of the volatile security situation there, a trouble-torn Pakistan has not hosted a major international tournament since the Asia Cup in June this year.

The high-profile Champions Trophy, which was originally scheduled to be held in Pakistan in September this year, had to be deferred with most teams refusing to tour the country.

The BCCI has already made it clear that it would tour Pakistan only after getting a go-ahead from the government which was apprehensive despite assurance of a fool-proof security arrangement.

Desperate to salvage the series, PCB Chairman Ejaz Butt decided to tour India to convince the BCCI top brass and also offered to shift the series to a neutral venue, possibly Abu Dhabi or England, but after the Mumbai attacks, even that possibility is now virtually non-existent.



Topics : Cricket India
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