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Updated: April 13, 2011 22:45 IST

India to resume cricket ties with Pakistan

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Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani along with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the World Cup semifinal match between India and Pakistan at PCA Stadium in Mohali. Photo: S. Subramanium
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani along with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the World Cup semifinal match between India and Pakistan at PCA Stadium in Mohali. Photo: S. Subramanium

Continuing with the cricket diplomacy which was launched recently in Mohali when India and Pakistani cricket teams met for the ICC World Cup semi-final clash, India has decided in principle to resume cricket ties with Pakistan.

Sources in the government said that India would most likely send its cricket team first.

“As the current season is all full and packed, it is for the BCCI to find a schedule that will suit both countries. The people are passionate about cricket, the game is popular and evokes great interest among the public, so cricket ties can be resumed,” the sources said.

International cricket has eluded Pakistan since March 2009 when gunmen attacked the Sri Lankan team and six policemen and a van driver were killed. Cricket ties between the two countries were severed in the wake of the November 2008 terror attack in Mumbai.

Asked if resumption of cricket ties would lead to overall improvement in the security situation and address India's concern at encouragement of terror activities from across the border, the sources said that these were things which could not be lost sight of.

“There are still terror training camps across the border, infiltration is still on. We will have meetings between Commerce and Defence Secretaries of the two countries. Trade ties will also improve in the near future and these will produce a positive result,” the sources said.

Just get on with the damn game Pakistan or India and leave politics alone , which will never ever go away as long as Kashmir exists.

from:  Ram Gopal
Posted on: Apr 15, 2011 at 18:06 IST

This is a serious disrespect for Indian people as we believe in the government. We have seen the consequences when Sri-Lankans visited Pakistan and Mumbai terror attack which was planned by Pakistani nationals. The scene which describes blood spilled at CST,Mumbai by the terrorists is still fresh in our mind and it is a disrespect for relatives of those people who lost lives in the attack. Govt. of India should stop this nonsense.

from:  Rohan G
Posted on: Apr 15, 2011 at 04:04 IST

Just go and play at some neutral venue. Some contact is better than no contact.

from:  Karthik Veda
Posted on: Apr 14, 2011 at 21:15 IST

Flip-flop seems to the equation in Indo-Pak ties. Both the sides are equally responsible. Have we forgotten the Mumbai terror attacks by Pakistani militants? Moreover, is it safe to send our team to Pakistan, aftermath of Srilankan team tragedy? The problem of Indo-Pak relationship has to be solved at grass-root level, not by Cricket or Bollywood diplomacy.

from:  Roeas
Posted on: Apr 14, 2011 at 18:13 IST

The way the terrorists have attacked the Sri Lankan players, it shows the security standard of the Pakistan Government....The Indian Cricket Team should not take the risk of going to Pakistan as the terrorist would be waiting for this thing happen. We dont want our precious cricket team to get into danger the way the Sri Lankan team went into.

from:  Tushar
Posted on: Apr 14, 2011 at 13:37 IST

India and Pakistan - particularly the former - have mastered the art of fooling all their people all the time! After every terrorist strike on our soil by Pakistan we sulk for a while, sob on USA's shoulders, vow to end terrorism, and carry out such like pantomimes. Soon thereafter we bury the hatchet with Pakistan and continue as if nothing has happened. This one act play goes on till the next terrorist strike whence we go through the same nautanki. India's citizens fail to realise that our powers-that-be place a particular vote bank's security at a much higher level than that of our own people.
The unpalatable truth is, both countries have a tacit understanding to keep their main dispute, the Kashmir problem, alive as it is much more profitable to do so than solving it. This was first visible at Tashkent where we surrendered our superior military gains of the 1965 war to Pakistan and affirmed at Shimla where we gifted to Pakistan a spectacular victory secured by our armed forces in the 1971 war.

from:  JK Dutt
Posted on: Apr 14, 2011 at 13:27 IST

Ridiculous! Can't figure out the strategy of govt at all. Two days back, role of Rana and Headley became clear in 26/11 attack. And have we forgotten the attack on Sri Lankan team in Lahore? Govt wants Indian team for a suicide or what?

from:  Sanjay
Posted on: Apr 14, 2011 at 08:58 IST

Security will be the main issue in visiting Pakistan. It looks like security cannot be taken for granted for anyone in that country.

from:  Hindupur Rajagopalan
Posted on: Apr 14, 2011 at 01:19 IST

Other than the passage of time, what has changed in Pakistan's behavior, that we have decided to resume ties? We are disrespecting our own resolve and bringing serious questions about the motives of banning cricket relationship in the first place by resuming with no logical reasoning.

from:  Anand
Posted on: Apr 14, 2011 at 00:36 IST

Why is this needed? Pakistani players and their cricket board are definitely on their knees to play with India for monitory benefits and make some national progress out of cricket atleast. I fail to understand why can't we sensibly use this scenario to get Pakistan govt. to agree to our terms ??? It will not be arm-twisting for sure.

from:  Avinash Singh
Posted on: Apr 13, 2011 at 23:08 IST
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