We need government's permission to play against Pakistan, says BCCI president

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Mumbai, Nov 9: The proposed India-Pakistan bilateral cricket series next month will only be possible if the Indian government gives permission, the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) president Shashank Manohar said today.

Addressing the media on Monday (November 9) after the BCCI's Annual General Meeting (AGM), Manohar made it clear that without government's go-ahead India cannot play against Pakistan in December.

Shashank Manohar

"We need government's permission to play against Pakistan," Manohar said.

Last month Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan was invited by BCCI for talks on the series. However, the discussions had to be cancelled after Shiv Sena protested at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai.

"Mr. Manohar has expressed his sincere regrets for the cancellation of the meeting. Under pressure from extremist elements, BCCI canceled its meeting," PCB had said.

"It has also been conveyed (to the PCB) that the BCCI has officially approached the Indian government to obtain definitive guidance on the Pakistan-India series.

"The PCB maintains that sports and politics should not be mixed and hopes that the BCCI will not be held hostage by extremist elements who wish to sabotage bilateral cricket relations," PCB added.

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