Khurshid rubbishes reports of Indo-Pak hockey series being cancelled

Last Updated: Fri, Mar 15, 2013 11:10 hrs

External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Friday rubbished reports of hockey series between India and Pakistan being called off due to security reasons, saying he has no information in this regard.

"As far as I am concerned, I have no such information. May be it's some elements of the tournament have been shifted, may be and have been now put into different sides within the country. But not my information that anything has been cancelled," he told media outside the Parliament here.

According to certain media reports, the government has refused permission for a home-and-away bilateral hockey series between India and Pakistan on security grounds.

The Pakistan's hockey team was scheduled to tour India next month for five Test matches at Ranchi, Lucknow, Delhi, Mohali and Jalandhar between April 5 to 15.

The Indian hockey team was scheduled to pay a return visit and play five matches at Lahore, Faisalabad, Karachi and Sialkot from April 23.

Pakistan and India last played a bilateral hockey series in 2006--three matches in each country. (ANI)

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