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Gavaskar slams BCCI for hosting Pakistan
16 Jul 2012, 09:05 PM
Sunil Gavaskar has come down hard on the BCCIs decision to revive bilateral ties with Pakistan, claiming that the short limited-overs series in December-January was in poor taste considering Pakistans non-cooperation in the Mumbai terror attacks probe.

"Being a Mumbaikar I feel what is the urgency when there is no co-operation from the other side," said Gavaskar, adding that the scheduling of an additional series during Indias heavy workload in the upcoming season would only put more pressure on the team.

England, who are touring India from November to January, playing four Tests, five ODIs and two Twenty20s, go home on December 22 and return on January 3.

"My first reaction is that the time the players have between the England series, it is not going to be there, said Gavaskar. They are playing England in November-December but now they are not going to get the breather. Players need the time to look after their injuries and get better.

Relations between India and Pakistan broke down after the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai. Since then there have been no bilateral series between the two countries and the only three meetings have come in tri-series or ICC events.

Former Pakistan batsman Zaheer Abbas felt the series would improve the mood between the two countries. "The best remedy is to play. At least the country will be busy watching cricket. It will be good for cricket and Indo-Pak relationship. Both the countries should be playing cricket every year. It is a very good sign," he said. "People in Pakistan are very happy. India are becoming a great power in cricket. Playing with India we can improve our cricket also.

Former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi welcomed the BCCIs decision. "It will be interesting Pakistan is playing their home series in India. It will mean a lot in the two nations, he said. And the amount of interest and the goodwill it will generate will be huge. Lots of positives will come out of it and it is a step in the right
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