Government says 'No' to bilateral cricket with Pakistan

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Indian sports Minister Vijay Goel sent out a strong message against the proposed bilateral cricket series between India and Pakistan.

Kumble has taken India to great heights during his tenure as coach and his credibility should not be questioned by the BCCI. The BCCI has invited applications for the post of Indian head coach and it couldn't have come at a more bad time as India are taking part in a major ICC tournament; the Champions Trophy.

When asked about the reports, Sehwag told The Sunday Express that he there is no truth in the reports as he was yet to be contacted with regards to applying for the India coach's job.

"BCCI must talk to Govt first before proceeding".

The board has already asked for applications to decide on the new coach and as per the report, a general manager of BCCI contacted Sehwag during the IPL.

The next contract is likely to run until the 2019 World Cup.

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"We still remain committed to playing, "but the position doesn't change: the series can not go ahead without the permission of the government of India".

Since replacing Ravi Shastri at the helm of the Indian team management nearly a year ago, Kumble has overseen success against the West Indies away as well as a dream run at home with victories over New Zealand, Bangladesh, England and finally Australia. "It is not for us (BCCI) to take a call on it", a senior official in the know of things said.

Kumble has recently drawn a lot of attention and flak too, allegedly from BCCI officials, after he presented a comprehensive support staff arrangement and enhanced remuneration structure for the senior Indian team to the CoA and BCCI officials.

He will be interviewed by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) members Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and V.V.S. Laxman, and asked to make a presentation. "We don't want a scenario where the decision to pick a coach gets influenced by what has happened in the pay negotiations where Kumble is bargaining hard with BCCI officials", said an official.

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