Sports Minister says 'No' to bilateral cricket with Pakistan

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Three of India's most distinguished recent players, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman, will be responsible for the final decision.

While the Indian cricket team is busy preparing in England ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy which begins next month, the BCCI have courted controversy with their hunt for a new head coach despite Anil Kumble's incredible record in his first year at the helm.

India will face arch-rivals Pakistan in the Champions Trophy encounter to be played at Edgbaston on June 4.

The Indian Sports Minister further said that the BCCI should consult the Indian government before holding a meeting with the PCB on bilateral series. "We have, however, no say on multilateral events (ICC tournaments)", Goel told reporters in New Delhi.

It was earlier reported that the BCCI and PCB will meet at Dubai to sort out differences between the two boards.

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However, the BCCI rejected the same saying that it was only an MoU between the two sides, to which, PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan hit back and said that it was a proper contract signed between the two boards in their bid to revive bilateral ties.

The PCB had sent a notice of intent to the BCCI claiming compensation of around United States dollars 69.4 million for India not honouring the MOU signed between the two boards in 2014 to play six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023.

India has not played Pakistan in a full bilateral series since 2007 when Pakistan visited India to play five ODIs and a one-off Test match.

According to the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Future Tours Programme, the Indian team is scheduled to play Pakistan in a bilateral series later this year. However, if the PCB is still to remain adamant, the BCCI in no way will be paying them any compensation.

"We have contacted Sehwag during the IPL and asked him to consider applying for the job of India coach".