Shashank Manohar: India may host Pakistan at home in December
BCCI president Shashank Manohar indicated that India are all set to host Pakistan for a limited over series in North India. Indian home minister Rajnath Singh has also given a positive statement about the series. Manohar informed the Annual General Meeting that BCCI had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to play a two-Test and a five match one-day series in the UAE in December 2015.
“We are committed to playing Pakistan in December. However, since it’s not possible to play them in Pakistan or the UAE, we have to look at playing the series in Northern India in December,” said Manohar, giving the latest status report on the series.
However, in recent time former players have urged PCB not to pursue the series because BCCI ignored PCB’s rampant plea about the series in the UAE in December. But, newly elected BCCI president Shashank Manohar doesn’t want to breach the trust as he wants to abide the MoU.
Manohar after his election said the materialization of the series depends on not only the decision of the boards but also the diplomatic relation between India and Pakistan.
“To play against Pakistan we need to get government permission. So we need to speak to the government and abide by whatever decision the government takes,” he said.
He was asked whether BCCI would be inviting a team to play a home series in December, Manohar at the post-AGM press conference said, “It all depends on what happens to the proposed India-Pakistan series.
“We have to get an appointment with the government first and then we will take a call.”
However, as the news broke out, Indian home minister Rajnath Singh came with a positive statement about the India and Pakistan cricket ties. “We want better ties with Pakistan, they should also think on same lines”. Though, Singh added, “BCCI has not come out with proposal yet”. Recently Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif had given a green signal about the December series in UAE.
India and snapped all bilateral cricket ties since the December 2007 series. A one-day international T20 series in December 2012.