The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) finally discarded its hope for a bilateral series with India in Sri Lanka. PCB Chairman Shahryar Khan said they will not try to pursue Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) as there was no reply from the Indian cricket board. PCB will lose millions of dollar as the series did not materialize Khan said.
The BCCI earlier agreed to play a short limited over bilateral series in Sri Lanka after a meeting in Dubai which was mediated by Ashley Giles of England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif also approved the series.
However, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lead Indian government denied to give any permission to BCCI, who appealed for a clearance in November.
Last week, the PCB had given a deadline to BCCI for the bilateral as time was running out to organise the series in Sri Lanka.
With BCCI did not give any reply PCB chairman disclosed that the would stop convincing the Indian board and make a formal announcement.
“Yes, we haven’t received a reply from the BCCI till Saturday evening, therefore, we are closing this chapter now.
“We will, however, make an announcement in this regard by Monday.
“We made every possible effort to play India and even changed the venue from the UAE to Sri Lanka on BCCI’s request, but our efforts went in vain.
“We signed a MoU with the BCCI last year and were sincere in playing cricket with them,” Khan was quoted by the Dawn newspaper on Sunday.
“Our failure to materialise the series disappointed millions of cricket fans all over the world, especially in India and Pakistan.”
However, the BCCI president Shashank Manohar denied any knowledge of any letter from the PCB seeking clarification over the series and said. “I am not aware of any such letter,” Manohar told Mail Today.
The dispute between BCCI and PCB also left the India-Pakistan ICC World T20 in doubt as PCB said their participation in the marquee tournament will depend on government. On Saturday, March 19, India and Pakistan will confront each other in picturesque Dharamsala cricket stadium of Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Ground (HPCA). The state cricket association decided to install five thousand more seats for the encounter.
Pakistan have never won a match against India in World Cup and World T20. India faced Pakistan in 50 over World Cup for the first time in 1992. In World T20 India and Pakistan meet for two times in 2007 World T20 in South Africa. Pakistan lost the group match and the grand finale to India.