“PAKISTAN HAS CROSSED ‘LAKSHMANA REKHA’, NO CRICKET WITH IT” : SAID SPORTS MINISTER VIJAY GOEL

 

India cannot have a bilateral cricket series with Pakistan as it has crossed the “Lakshmana Rekha” by sponsoring terrorism in the country, Sports Minister Vijay Goel said.  “For everything there is a Lakshmana Rekha,” Goel, who is leading a 200-member Indian youth delegation to China, told the media.  “But when the line is crossed then a message has to be given. This (boycott) is a message,” he said defending the policy not to have bilateral cricket series with Pakistan.        “We have clearly stated terrorism and sports cannot go side-by-side. As long as Pakistan doesn’t stop cross border terror and (instigating) trouble in Kashmir..then there is no chance for bilateral series and also the national mood doesnt support it,” Goel said.  He declined to comment on the letter written by Ramachandra Guha, one of the four members of Supreme Court- appointed Committee of Administrators, to implement the recommendations of the Justice R M Lodha panel to reform the Board of Control for Cricket in India.  Goel said the cricket is managed by the BCCI as well as the apex court and he would not like comment on the cricket-related issues.  He, however, referred to his ministry’s proposal to have a sports code in India which should include cricket too.

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