Can't go by social media reactions, India and Pakistan should play: BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur

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New Delhi, Dec 4: The Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) secretary Anurag Thakur feels India and Pakistan should resume bilateral series and not to "go only by social media" reactions.

Pakistan government has already given the green signal for the proposed India-Pakistan series in Sri Lanka this month. However, there is no word yet from the Indian government.

Anurag Thakur wants India and Pakistan to play

There has been strong opposition by Indians, on social media, for resumption of cricket ties with the neighbouring nation. However, Thakur, who is also BJP's Member of Parliament from Himachal Pradesh, said the comments on social media do not entirely reflect India's mood.

Last week, thousands of fans took to Twitter and were trending "#NoCricketWithPakistan". They urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi not to give permission for the series.

"I think when it comes to Pakistan, it's not that easy to take calls. And five years back, there was no role of social media. Today you see a lot of reaction from social media, but you still can't say it's the sense of the entire country. At times you can't go only by social media; you have to look at the interests of the nation," Thakur was quoted as saying by "The Indian Express" newspaper today (December 4).

"We play Pakistan in the World Cup. We played them in the 2015 World Cup, we'll play them next year in the Asia Cup. Then we'll again play them in the month of March in World T20. So when you play them in a multinational tournament in world events, then what stops you from playing them in a bilateral series. So that's the question we have to answer," he added.

Thakur, who is ignoring social media comments, in August this year, had used the same platform to convey his message to Pakistan where he said no to cricket. Now he has an U-turn on the subject.

"Dawood (Ibrahim) in Karachi. NSA wants to meet separatists here. Are you really serious about peace and you expect we'll play cricket with you?," Thakur had written on his Twitter page on August 22, 2015.

OneIndia News

Story first published: Friday, December 4, 2015, 10:46 [IST]
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