Ruling out any India-Pakistan cricket match bilateral series in 2016, BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur said on Wednesday that India will only play Pakistan in Asia Cup and the World T20 since they are multinational tournaments.
Thakur said the one planned in 2015 was cancelled and no series were scheduled for 2016 in its Futures Tours & Programme (FTP) calender. “In the FTP, we had a series planned in 2015 but there is no series planned in 2016 against Pakistan. India will be playing against them in Asia Cup and the World T20 since they are multinational tournaments," he said addressing the media.
The limited-overs series between India and pakistan, scheduled on Dec. 9, 2015 did not materialize despite Pakistan Cricket Board’s willingness to hold the bilateral series. Pakistan has suggested a third-country venue for the bilateral series such as the United Kingdom but India has refused the idea.
Thakur said the cancellation of Dec series was due to the short window left before India’s Australian tour but speculation over the cancellation was on the cards over bilateral political tensions.
Otherwise, India and Pakistan will play three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and two Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) this year in multiple-events. Both teams played bilateral series in December 2012, where they played 5 ODIs and 2 T20Is. India lost the ODI series and drew the T20I series.[category, sports] [tags, india vs pakistan, 2016 matches, bcci, anurag thakur, refuse, no series, world events, asia cup, t20i series, cricket politics, pakistan cricket board, australia tour]