BCCI asks ICC to keep Pakistan, India in separate groups

02 Oct 2016 | By Vaneet Randhawa
Sports diplomacy and India-Pakistan cricket

The BCCI has decided that India will not play cricket against Pakistan even in multi-nation tournaments.

With bilateral relations deteriorating, the BCCI asked the ICC to keep the 2 teams in separate groups in the upcoming tournaments.

BCCI president Anurag Thakur said this decision had been taken after considering India's political stance to isolate Pakistan.

In context: Sports diplomacy and India-Pakistan cricket

1950s-1980sCricket and post-independence diplomacy

India and Pakistan played their first ever cricket match in 1952, five years after independence.

Pakistan visited India for a five match test series. India then visited Pakistan in 1955.

The Indo-Pakistani wars of 1965 and 1971 put all cricket between the two nations on hold.

Cricket resumed when India visited Pakistan and the first ODI was played on 1 October 1978.

59 Tests and 127 ODIs played so far

From 1952 to 2007, India and Pakistan have played 59 test matches; Pakistan won 12 matches and India nine. The remaining 38 matches were drawn. The two nations have played 127 ODI matches between 1978-2015. India has won 51 matches and Pakistan has won 72.
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Pakistan Cricket Board refuses to comment

The Pakistan Cricket Board did not comment on Anurag Thakur's comment of not putting India and Pakistan in same group during ICC events. PCB's senior official said, "We're hearing such statements in recent days but we don't think it is necessary to react to them."