India Women will not play nay matches with Pakistan Women due to the political unrest between the countries    Getty Images
India Women will not play nay matches with Pakistan Women due to the political unrest between the countries Getty Images

MUMBAI: India have forfeited three matches of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Women’s Championship for failing to play scheduled fixtures against Pakistan amid ongoing political tension between the South Asian rivals. Cricketing ties between the nuclear neighbours are currently stalled, and the men’s teams have not played a bilateral series since Pakistan toured India at the end of 2012. They have, however, played against each other in various tournaments including the 50-overs World Cup, World T20, Champions Trophy and Asia Cup. The world governing body’s technical committee awarded Pakistan two points for each of the three unplayed matches, which were to be hosted by Pakistan and should have taken place between Aug. 1 and Oct. 31. It said it had considered written submissions from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) before making its decision. READ:Harmanpreet’s fifty in vain as West Indies Women complete clean sweep over India Women in T20I series

“The technical committee was sensitive to the current state of relations between the nations of India and Pakistan, but concluded that the BCCI had not been able to establish ‘acceptable reasons’ for not participating in this series,” the ICC said in a statement. The decision means India will miss out on automatic qualification for the 2017 World Cup in England. They will have to play Bangladesh, Ireland, Zimbabwe, Scotland, Papua New Guinea and Thailand in the qualification round.