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Second round of talks over Indo-Pak series in coming weeks, says Anurag Thakur

Amid speculation over the fate of the proposed India-Pakistan series to be held in the UAE, BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur indicated that a second round of talks between the cricket boards of the two nations could take place to take the dissuasions forward.

PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan had visited India recently to rally hard for the resumption of Indo-Pak cricket ties.

Shaharyar, during a joint press statement with BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya in Kolkata, proposed a series comprising three Tests, five ODIs and two T20s in December but BCCI is certainly not rushing into it.

“Possibility is that in the coming few days or coming weeks, second round of talks will take place,” Thakur said in a press conference here.

Thakur, who is also a BJP MP from Hamirpur in Himachal Pradesh, said the talks between the Boards of the two countries were still in “early stages”.

“The series is yet to be decided, but already the issue cropped up in the Parliament while for some TV channels, it became a matter of debate,” he said.

Seeking to clarify the situation with regards to the series as of now, Thakur said, “I want to say only this, which is that the talks between the Boards of two countries has taken place, which are at early stages. And when talks between two Boards takes place, you limit the talk to just cricket only.

“At Government level, what is their thinking, whether they want (the series to take place) or not, on this no talk has taken place,” Thakur said.


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