ICC Women's Championship: CoA chief Vinod Rai says BCCI will stick to Centre's stance on hosting India-Pakistan series

Committee of Administrators chief Vinod Rai Friday said the BCCI will continue to go with the government stance on Indo-Pak cricket after seeking the sports ministry's permission for hosting a women's series against the arch-rivals later this year.

Press Trust of India, Jun 07, 2019 18:40:00 IST

Mumbai: Committee of Administrators chief Vinod Rai Friday said the BCCI will continue to go with the government stance on Indo-Pak cricket after seeking the sports ministry's permission for hosting a women's series against the arch-rivals later this year.

Representational image of BCCI. AFP

Representational image of BCCI. AFP

Due to the tense relations between the two countries, no bilateral cricket has taken place since January 2013 when a short men's series was organised in India.

However, India and Pakistan continue to clash in ICC events and the Asia Cup.

The BCCI had written to the sports ministry last month, seeking the government's permission to host three ODIs against Pakistan between July and November as part of the ICC Women's ODI Championship, a qualifying event for the 2021 World Cup.

"As regards to playing Pakistan in India, we have always taken the government's viewpoint, we have asked for the government viewpoint. I am not saying what the government will say and how we will react. First let the government react," said Rai after a CoA meeting in Mumbai.

His CoA colleague Diana Edulji stressed that the women's series should not be considered as a bilateral one.

"First of all it is not a bilateral series. It is part of the ODI Championship and qualification event for the World Cup so those crucial points are there (for the taking)," said Edulji, a former India captain.

"However, in an ICC meeting in New Zealand, the issue was discussed and it was decided that if there are genuine reasons (if series doesn't take place) the points will be shared. We have written a letter to the government, asking for its permission and have to wait for its reaction," she added.

Hosting the series at a neutral venue is also an option, like the BCCI had organised the men's Asia Cup in the UAE last year after Pakistan refused to travel to India.

Updated Date: Jun 07, 2019 18:40:00 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
Australia 5 4 1 0 8
New Zealand 4 3 0 1 7
India 4 3 0 1 7
England 4 3 1 0 6
Sri Lanka 5 1 2 2 4
West Indies 4 1 2 1 3
South Africa 5 1 3 1 3
Bangladesh 4 1 2 1 3
Pakistan 5 1 3 1 3
Afghanistan 4 0 4 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
6 Pakistan 4107 93
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254