New Delhi: The home-and-away series to revive the India-Pakistan bilateral hockey ties after nearly seven years was called off on Friday after the Indian government refused to give it a green signal owing to security reasons.
"The bilateral series between India and Pakistan has been cancelled as the Ministry of Exetrnal Affairs did not give us permission. The MEA had sent a fax to us yesterday, asking us not to host Pakistan or travel to the country for the series," a Hockey India source initially told PTI on Friday.
Earlier this month, Hockey India and Pakistan Hockey Federation had agreed a bilateral series - with Pakistan to tour India for a five-match series from April 15, following by India travelling to Pakistan for a return series of five games from April 23.
While Ranchi, Lucknow, Delhi, Mohali and Jalandhar were to host matches in India, cities of Lahore, Faisalabad, Karachi and Sialkot were to host the games in Pakistan. Pakistan and India last played a bilateral hockey series in 2006.
Before this jolt to the sporting ties between the two neighbours, a bilateral snooker series was also called off after government's objection.