Board Of Control For Cricket In India Will Not Call Off Indo-Pak Series
The Board of Control for Cricket in India "shot down" Bharatiya Janata Party's demand of cancelling the Indo-Pak limited-overs cricket series in the wake of visiting Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik insulting India, insisting that the matches would be held as scheduled," according to the PTI. Senior BCCI official & Indian Premier League Chair Rajiv Shukla said, "There is no question of calling off the tour. All the arrangements have been made and the tour was planned much earlier. Politics should not be mixed with sports and the tour will go on." Malik "triggered controversy by equating 26/11 Mumbai attack with Babri Masjid demolition and describing LeT terrorist Abu Jundal as an operative of Indian intelligence agency." New Delhi has "rubbished Malik's assertions." India is scheduled to "play two Twenty20s and three one-dayers against Pakistan" starting Tuesday (PTI, 12/18).