India and Pakistan are well-known in the cricket world as arch rivals. While the two teams may play excellent cricket matches, there will be no bilateral series between the two countries. The last bilateral series played between India and Pakistan took place in 2012. Last year, there had been talk of another bilateral series, but an agreement was not reached.
The chance of the two countries resuming their cricket ties will not come to fruition since Uri was attacked in a Pakistan-backed terrorist act. Four terrorists had come across the border and killed 18 Indian soldiers.
The president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, Anurag Thakur, made it very clear that there will be no question of playing against Pakistan.
Thakur said: “There are no tests or bilateral matches scheduled for this year with Pakistan and the question of playing against Pakistan today does not arise.”
“We have defeated Pakistan in three wars and all the world cup cricket matches,” noted Thakur. “We can still maul Pakistan. But it is important to isolate it globally. Priority is to expose Pak as a country which sponsors terrorism. No question of playing cricket which such a nation.”
Last year, India and Pakistan had signed a Memorandum of Understanding that would have had the two countries compete in cricket matches that would take place both at home in each country, and possibly in the UAE, a neutral venue. The series’ were all put on hold when tensions rose after the Pathankot Attack that took place early this year.
After assurances regarding security, the Pakistan cricket team did play in the World Cup T20 that took place in India this year. Pakistan players have not been able to participate in the Indian Premier League since 2009.