Anurag Thakur, who is also a member of Bahratya Janta Party, a Hindu extremist ruling party, has categorically ruled out any prospect of cricket match between the arch rivals in foreseeable future.
“There is no question of India-Pakistan cricket post-Uri attack,” he said.
Bilateral cricket between both the countries have had been on hold for over three years.
Pakistan and India had signed a Memorandum of Understanding last year, according to which they were supposed to play several series home and away, in India and Pakistan. Even neutral venue of UAE also came under discussion.
However, after Pathankot Attack in early 2016 all this issue was put on backburner. Amid growing tension between both the countries Pakistan was also cautious about playing T20 World Cup in India this year, however after security assurance from India the national team gave go-ahead.
There were suggestions of a Test match series between the top two Test teams.
Some Indian officials have also called to stop former Pakistan cricketers from working in India as experts and commentators.
Uri attack in India, which came in reaction of India’s continuous atrocities in Kashmir, has further deteriorated the situation. India has blamed Pakistan for the Uri attack to divert attention of the world from inhuman treatment with civilians in Kashmir.
Cricket should not have been mixed with politics. Even, India’s supreme court had given a ruling not to appoint any politician in cricket board. However, Anurag Thakur who has been in the past a BJP parliamentarian is heading the cricket body now.
Former cricketer Basit Ali said India is habitual of accusing Pakistan of any incident which takes place in India even if it is death of an animal. Pakistan should not play cricket with India.