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'We have to stand by the government's position' - Ganguly on India-Pakistan cricketing ties
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'We have to stand by the government's position' - Ganguly on India-Pakistan cricketing ties

Sourav Ganguly has said the resumption of bilateral cricket ties with neighbouring Pakistan is dependent upon the position taken by the country's government.

The BCCI president-elect, who is set to take charge of the Indian cricket set-up next week, admitted the board had no answer to the matter and the decision had to be taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistan counterpart Imran Khan.

India and Pakistan last played a bilateral series in 2012 when Misbah-ul-Haq's men toured India to play two T20Is and three ODIs.

Diplomatic tensions between the two nations have disrupted cricketing ties with no India-Pakistan fixture part of the World Test Championship schedule.

"You have to ask that question to Modi ji and the Pakistan Prime Minister [Imran Khan]," Ganguly told reporters in Kolkata.

"Of course we have to stand by it [the position taken by the government], because international exposure is all through governments. So we don't have an answer to that question," he added.

Fresh hostility erupted amongst the two states in the aftermath of the terror attack in Pulwama in February which led to BCCI writing a letter to the ICC to "sever ties with countries from which terrorism emanates" in a reference to Pakistan.

BCCI even mulled the idea of boycotting the World Cup clash against Pakistan but decided against it and eventually completed an 89-run thrashing over the traditional rivals.

Ganguly had captained India to their historic tour of Pakistan in 2004, their first visit to the country in 15 years.