Centre unlikely to give nod to Indo-Pak cricket series in Sri Lanka

NEW DELHI (TIP): The government continues to sit tight over BCCI’s proposal seeking nod for resumption of cricketing ties with Pakistan in Sri Lanka next month, amid indications of serious reservations about the cricket body’s plan.

“They have jumped the gun,” a senior government leader said, adding that revival of cricketing ties with the hostile neighbour may not necessarily be in accord with popular mood at a time when Pakistan continues with its support to terror activities.

The reluctance should put paid to early restoration of cricketing contact because India’s schedule has no window to accommodate Pakistan beyond December.

While the BCCI appeared to be out of step with the government’s tough approach towards Pakistan since the latter reneged on the commitment it made at Ufa in┬áRussia earlier this year to discuss terrorism, the step up in attacks have been a further setback.

Authorities here are convinced that the attack on the Army camp this week was part of a larger plan by terror groups and their patrons in Pakistan army and the ISI to carry out big strikes. “They want to go after big civilian targets,” a senior government functionary said while indicating that the BCCI proposal may not fly with the political leadership at this juncture.

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“One terror attack when cricket is on and the very set, not just political opponents, who are egging you on to play cricket will be attacking you for sending a wrong message to Pakistan,” the functionary said.

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