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Anurag Thakur, Union Sports Minister, on the bilateral cricket series against Pakistan: “Until They Put An End To Terrorism

<p>Anurag Thakur, the Union Minister for Sports, said that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had previously decided not to play Pakistan in a bilateral cricket series until Pakistan took action to address and end “terrorism,” particularly in light of the circumstances surrounding the Anantnag encounter.</p>
<p>Anurag Thakur, the Union Sports Minister, told reporters that BCCI had resolved long ago that bilateral matches with Pakistan would not be played until they put a stop to terrorism, cross-border assaults, and infiltration. I believe that the people and the nation share the same thoughts.<img decoding=”async” class=”alignnone wp-image-186085″ src=”” alt=” download 2023 09 16t182456.479″ width=”1198″ height=”671″ srcset=” 300w,×84.jpg 150w” sizes=”(max-width: 1198px) 100vw, 1198px” title=”Anurag Thakur, Union Sports Minister, on the bilateral cricket series against Pakistan: "Until They Put An End To Terrorism 3″></p>
<p>Anurag Thakur, the Union Minister for Sports, made the statement after three senior Indian security personnel tragically died in a gunfight during an encounter with terrorists operating out of Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district, sparking outrage and distress across the nation.</p>
<p>An Army Colonel who was in charge of a Rashtriya Rifles Quick Response Team (QRT), an Army Major, and a Deputy Superintendent from the Jammu and Kashmir Police were among those killed. Colonel Manpreet Singh, Major Ashish Dhonak, and Humayun Bhat were the gallant officers who gave their life.</p>
<p>Since the 2012–13 season, bilateral cricket matches between India and Pakistan have been postponed because of growing political tensions between the two neighbors. Earlier this month, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) invited members of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) and representatives from other cricket boards to attend Asia Cup matches being played in Lahore. As a result, BCCI president Roger Binny and vice-president Rajeev Shukla traveled to Pakistan. At a gala banquet held during their stay, they also got to know the athletes from the teams of Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka.</p>
<p>Rajeev Shukla thanked the PCB for their kind hospitality and said that the board had indicated a wish for cricketing relations between India and Pakistan to resume. He underscored, however, that the central authorities will ultimately decide whether or not to resume the cricketing connections.</p>
<p>“It was a pleasant two-day stay. In our honor, the Governor arranged a banquet. The members of the Pakistan Cricket Board provided excellent hospitality. They demanded that cricket between the two nations be restarted; we responded that the government would make that decision and that we would follow its instructions. There was no political objective; it was just a cricket tour, according to Shukla.</p>
<p>Notably, the Pakistani cricket team will go to India the next month to compete in the 50-over World Cup, featuring a match against India in a league on October 14 in Ahmedabad.</p>
<p>India won’t go to the 2023 Asia Cup, which will be hosted by Pakistan and played at a neutral site, as BCCI secretary Jay Shah declared last year.</p>
<p>As a result, a hybrid design was chosen for the Asia Cup.</p>

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