PCB chief Shahryar Khan has made it absolutely certain that Pakistan will not be playing its bilateral series in India at any cost. After being invited by the BCCI, to play a limited overs series in India, Khan said that there was certainly no question of the Pakistanis playing in India. Khan reiterated the fact that as per the MoU signed by the two boards, the series in December is scheduled to be contested in UAE.
“There is no question of playing in India. I still awaiting the reason of not playing in UAE,” Khan said to ESPNcricinfo. “We went there in 2007 and 2012. This time not again. It is our series and we will play at our home venue which is the UAE,” he said. “What is the problem playing in UAE as they had also played their IPL there as well so why not Pakistan series?”
Even if the series takes place in India, there would be a clash of broadcasters. Initally, Ten Sports (PCB’s broadcasters) was supposed to broadcast the series in UAE, but with the series being played in India, it will be Star India who will broadcast the series.
Speaking about the same, Rajeev Sethi, a senior official from Ten Sports said, “Why should we be (worried) ?” “Give me the reason to be worried. We’ll be happy if this tournament happens.” Asked whether he would maintain that position if the series takes place in India, Sethi said, “I’m not saying that. I’m saying we’ll be happy if this tournament happens because we know contractually, ethically, logically we are the partner broadcasters for PCB and if the PCB is hosting a tournament obviously we are the partner broadcasters.”
“What I can say as per our contractual agreement with the PCB [is that] we are the host broadcasters. If the BCCI is the host their partner broadcaster is Star. If PCB is the host board then we are the partner broadcaster,” Sethi added.