External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has ruled out the possibility of a bilateral cricket series between India and Pakistan, even at a neutral venue.

At a meeting of Parliament’s consultative committee on external affairs, Swaraj said high incidents of cross-border violations by Pakistan mean the atmosphere is not “conducive” for cricket diplomacy.


The two arch-rivals last participated in a bilateral series in December 2012 when Pakistan visited India for a limited overs series that included three One-Day Internationals (ODI) and two Twenty20 Internationals.

India have not played Pakistan in a full bilateral series since 2007 when Pakistan visited India to play five ODIs and a one-off Test match.