The proposed series between Asian neighbors India and Pakistan is on the verge of meeting a dead-end. Strained political and diplomatic relations between the two nations seem to have taken a massive toll on their cricket rivalry. Last night, reports broke out that the series, set to be played in Sri Lanka was indeed cancelled, after all the attempts to negotiate had rendered futile.
PCB Chairman Shahryar Khan said that the PCB could lose up to $50 million if the series against India was indeed cancelled.
“We were hoping for some positive development finally but it is very disappointing that cricket was not discussed in the meeting between the Indian Foreign Minister and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif,” Khan was quoted as saying by The Dawn paper. “The prospects of organising a series now seem very bleak and we stand to lose at least $50 million under the current scenario.”
Khan also admitted that even if the Indian Government gave its clearance for the series at the last moment, it would be very difficult to organize it due to logistic reasons. “Making arrangements for the series which could run from December 17-January 3 would be “challenging” at such short notice,” “but we will do it once we get clearance from the Indian government,” said Khan.