NEW DELHI (AP) – The field hockey series between India and Pakistan has been called off after the Indian government declined to give the go-ahead owing to deteriorating relations between the two countries.

Hockey India secretary-general Narinder Batra tells The Associated Press on Friday that the series was cancelled on the advice from India’s external affairs ministry.

The Pakistan hockey squad was scheduled to visit India for five games from April 5 to 15. India was due to play five games in Pakistan from April 23 to May 2.

Relations between the two countries have been on the downslide since skirmishes along the border in January, causing other sports to also be affected.