The much talked about series between the subcontinents nations has now been abandoned due to lack of sponsors…
The ‘Neighbours Series’ scheduled for the first week of June this year in England has been cancelled as the teams are yet to put pen to paper on the agreement with the organizers.
The All India Football Federation (AIFF) were to sign a contract last Friday but the organizer failed to turn up stating one of his sponsors had backed out due to the chit fund scam in West Bengal. The series was to be a 100% sponsored tour.
India were scheduled to play Bangladesh on June 1 followed by the game against Pakistan three days later. Pakistan would have faced Bangladesh yet again on June 8 to mark the end of the tour. All of the matches were due to be held at Craven Cottage, home of Premier League football club Fulham.
The Cottagers had invited fans to buy tickets which were priced at £15 for adults and £10 for under-16's.
The Indian FA had also requested for a go-ahead from the government due to the diplomatic tensions that exist between them and Pakistan.
It must be noted that back in 2011, 'Clash of the Titans India-Pakistan UK tour' organised by Touchsky Sports was organised indefinetely due to lack of sponsors.
Meanwhile, the AIFF is attempting to schedule a couple of friendlies in the month of June as their next big assignment is South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship in September this year.
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