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Atmosphere not conducive for Indo-Pak cricket: Anurag Thakur

BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur on Sunday said the atmosphere between India and Pakistan is not conducive for cricket right now and stressed on the importance of creating a good environment before resumption of the proposed bilateral series.

“The atmosphere right now is not conducive for cricket to be played between the two countries. Pakistan government should talk to Indian government first. That will be a great help for building the conducive atmosphere,” said Thakur on the sidelines of a cricket match between Parliamentarians and Celebrities.

“And then you don’t require so much effort for talks to happen between two cricketing boards,” he added.

PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan was in India last week to discuss the proposed India-Pak bilateral cricket series in December but Shiv Sena workers stormed the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai last Monday, and the scheduled meeting between the heads of two cricket boards were called off.

Last Friday, PCB called on its Indian counterpart BCCI seeking a rescheduled meeting to discuss the series in the United Arab Emirates in December.

Meanwhile, wishing the Indian team all the best for the final match played between India and South Africa at Wankhede, Thakur said, “Look the series is well poised. It’s going to be a thriller. One who wins this match will automatically win the series also. I also want to thank the Prime Minister who talked about the importance of this series on Mann ki baat. I wish the Indian team all the best.”

Thakur who also scored an unbeaten century in the match played between Parliament and Celebrities thanked the organizers for giving him an opportunity to play.

All the earnings from the match will be given to Prime Minister Relief fund to support Nepal Earthquake victims and Heat Wave victims in India. 

Players should avoid ugly confrontations: Thakur 
Stressing on the importance of clean cricket, BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur said incidents like the showdown between Gautam Gambhir and Manoj Tiwary in a Ranji Trophy match should not take place and promised corrective measures. “Incidents like this should not take place in any sports. Each and every player playing the game should avoid indulging in such kind of acts. I had a word with game officials and asked them to look into the details of the incident,” said Thakur on the sidelines of a match played between Parliamentarians and Celebrities. “All corrective measures will be taken on the cricketers,” he added. Delhi Captain Gautam Gambhir had a heated exchange of words with his Bengal counterpart Manoj Tiwary during their Ranji match on Saturday. The umpire had to step in to pacify the players. Gambhir was fined 70 percent of his match fees while Tiwary copped a penalty of 40 percent for the altercation during the third day of play. 


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