Published On: Wed, Sep 23rd, 2015

We will not beg for Indo-Pak cricket series, says Shahryar



LAHORE: In yesterday’s press-conference Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) chairman Shahryar Khan said that they will not beg for Indo-Pak series.

Recently PCB wrote a letter to Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) to submit their final verdict for their away series against Pakistan which includes two Tests, five one-day internationals and two Twenty20 matches in United Arab Emirates (UAE) which is scheduled from December to January according to the signed MoU between to cricket boards.

But so far India has not replied and their BCCI officials have denied of playing a cricket series against their neighboring country, the proposed reasons are the violation of the ceasefire on the Line of Control from both sides of the borders in the region of Kashmir which is the reason of rivalry between these two nations since 1947.

Pakistan’s cricket chief Shahryar said that in the upcoming meeting of International Cricket Council (ICC) he will talk to the officials of BCCI at the sidelines of the meet next month.

He further said that he don’t want to give India a final ultimatum, but if they won’t give honor to their signed MoU with us than I’ll go to the ICC and talk to the community.

On the other hand, ICC said that they will not interfere between this matter as it is between the two countries. Shahryar added that ICC should help us arrange an alternate series which should be equal to Indo-Pak series, but we have to find a solution for it.

Last time a full bilateral cricket series between Pakistan and India was played in 2007, but after 2008 Mumbai attacks India government banned every kind of sporting event against Pakistan. They also banned Pakistan players from participating in the Indian Premier League after the first edition of the tournament.

But in recent years Pakistan visited India for a short series of three ODI matches and two T20 games in 2012, BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur’s last statement came in July this year in which he said that a cricket series is not possible between two countries under these circumstances.

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