The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) recently revealed that the side could have skipped the upcoming ICC World T20 in India on fear of being targeted by extremists in India. The two south Asian neighbors have shared an extremely volatile relationship in the years gone by and that has affected their cricketing relations. PCB chairman Shahryar Khan admitted that the Pakistanis could have skipped the World T20 if they felt the threat of being targeted by extremists.
“Yes some member did bring up the point that if our team didn’t get clearance to go to India maybe our matches be held at a neutral venue like Dubai, Sharjah or Colombo,” he said. He said he had made it clear at the ICC meeting that Pakistan’s participation in the World T20 was subject to government clearance,” Khan said.
“I made it clear we have to see what our government says because the Indian Board has not played a bilateral series against us in December because their government didn’t give them clearance,” he added. “India didn’t play the planned series on pleas they didn’t get clearance although it was relocated to Sri Lanka and shortened just to ensure the indo-pak ties were revived,” he said.
Khan also pointed that Pakistani umpire Aleem Dar had to withdraw from his umpiring duties in the Mumbai ODI between India and South Africa due to the threats he received from political outfits in Maharashtra. Recently, Khan’s meeting with BCCI Chairperson Shashank Manohar was terminated as activists of Shiv Sena had stormed into the BCCI office and threatened with dire consequences.