Published On: Tue, Aug 11th, 2015

BCCI waiting for PM Modi’s approval for Indo-Pak series



LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board(PCB) chairman M. Shahryar Khan said that the Board of Control of Cricket in India(BCCI) is waiting for the approval of their Prime Minister Narendra Modi to resume the Indo-Pak bilateral series in December at United Arab Emirates(UAE).

While talking to the media at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore. Chairman PCB said that there is a problem with our broadcasters, but if will be fixed as it is not a main stream issue. The major problem is from BCCI as they are seeking the approval of their government for the India-Pakistan series. I hope BCCI will give respect to the MoU they signed with us, they will give us their final verdict at the end of August.

Answering a question about Pakistan Super League(PSL) that why it is being hosted off-shore, Shahryar replied that I assure you that the decision of taking PSL off-shore is more profitable regarding financially and cricketing reasons. Because if we will host it in Pakistan we won’t get much broadcasters and big cricketing names, that is why we are planning it to host it in UAE or Doha and Qatar.


Pakistan cricket chief also said that he had conversations with Giles Clarke, who is the head of ICC task force on Pakistan. He further said that Giles told him that he’s convincing and motivating teams to visit Pakistan, in order to revive international cricket in our country. Shahryar said that teams like Scotland and Ireland might visit Pakistan soon.


On the other hand, when asked about the interview of Younis Khan in which he said that he regrets his decision on stepping down as captain in 2010. Shahryar replied that Younis is a true gentleman, I respect him a lot because he is honest and hard working. He also said that the 38 year-old is so far the fittest batsman in Pakistan’s line-up and he can serve his country as long as he stays fit and in form.

Answering another question about Sarfraz, Shahryar said that his exclusion from the T20 side also shocked him as he is the vice-captain of Pakistan’s T20 team. But he said that I assure you Sarfraz was dropped for a pure cricketing reason, no politics was involved in that decision.

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