Sartaj Aziz says no cricket with India in present circumstances


Pakistan’s National Security and Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz has said that an India-Pakistan cricket series seemed impossible in the prevailing circumstances.

Talking to media persons in Islamabad, Aziz said cordial environment is a prerequisite for the bilateral series between India and Pakistan, and that is lacking at the moment, Radio Pakistan reported.

The radio did not report when Aziz made those remarks.

India and Pakistan are at loggerheads over various issues, including the Kashmir issue.

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As per the International Cricket Council’s Future Tours Programme for the 10 Test-playing nations, India and Pakistan are scheduled to play a three-match Test series in December-January in the United Arab Emirates.

The last time the two countries played a Test series was in 2007, when Pakistan toured India for a three-match series. But they have been playing against each other in ICC-organised tournaments outside India and Pakistan.

In a recent interview with, ICC president Zaheer Abbas said that India and Pakistan were scheduled to play the “first match” of the ICC WorldTwenty20 tournament, scheduled to be held in India early next year. The schedule of the WorldTwenty20 is yet to be announced.

Former Pakistan captain Abbas said that if India and Pakistan played their scheduled series in December, it would not only be the resumption of the bilateral competition after a long gap, but would also “break the ice” — crucially, before India hosts the ICC World Twenty20 early next year.

“If the two countries want to play with each other, they must play. And this is also the right time to play. It is so because India and Pakistan are playing the first match of the ICC World Twenty20,” Abbas had told in the interview.