Bharatiya Janta Party President Amit Shah on Saturday said India can not stop playing Pakistan at global cricket tournaments, but made it clear that the two countries will not play each other in either India or Pakistan, reported Financial Express.
Responding to question in the press conference, the BJP president said, "Should India stop playing at worldwide cricket tournaments now?"
The questions have once again resurfaced with India taking on Pakistan in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy on Sunday and the hockey team facing off in the evening in the group stage of the World Hockey League semifinals.
His comments came barely a few days after Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel had similarly ruled out the possibility of a bilateral cricket tourney with Pakistan. "For everything there is a Lakshmana Rekha. As long as Pakistan doesn't stop cross border terror and (instigating) trouble in Kashmir.Then there is no chance for bilateral series and also the national mood doesn't support it", Goel had said. The BJP president said that both teams will continue to play at global tournaments.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had earlier last month sent a legal notice to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for failing to honour the MoU signed between the two cricket boards in 2014.
Former Pakistan great Javed Miandad has called for bilateral cricket to return between the two nations.