Terror and cricket can’t go together: BCCI warns PCB

Monday, Jul 27, 2015,19:28 IST By metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | Issuing a stern warning to Pakistan, following the terror attacks in Punjab, the BCCI today said India would not play cricket with the strife-torn nation if they do not put an end to such activities.
Coming down heavily after the dastardly attacks in Punjab, BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur today made it clear that the proposed series against the neighbours can not be held if Pakistan continues to sponsor terrorist activities in India.
”Strongly condemn the cowardly attack in #Gurdaspur. Terror has no place in a civilized society, it is a weapon of the weak,” Thakur said in a tweet earlier today.
”As far as the cricketing part is concerned, we want to make it clear that terror and cricket can not go together if Pakistan continue with such acts. Sports is a different thing, but our internal security is important, Thakur was quoted as saying by a news channel.
According to Future Tours Programme of International Cricket Council (ICC), the arch-rivals are scheduled to play a bilateral series comprising two Tests and five ODIs, at a neutral venue towards the later part of the year.
”Regarding the proposed cricket series, its the PCB which approached the BCCI and both the boards were in talks, but after such terror attacks, its not possible to play as security of the country is paramount, Thakur added.
Thakur’s strong message came after the terrorist attack in Punjab earlier today, where four heavily armed terrorists wearing army fatigues went on a rampage attacking a bus and a police station complex, in Gurdaspur district bordering Pakistan.