India-Pakistan women bilateral series in major doubt
India women’s three-match One-Day International series against Pakistan is in major doubt after the Pakistan Cricket Board have not received any response from their Indian counterparts about the confirmation or rejection of the series since May. The series is an important one as its points will be counted in ICC Women’s Championship points and they have only until the end of this month to go ahead with the series.
As reported in ESPNcricinfo, if the series is not played then the matter of how the points will be awarded will be in the hands of event’s technical committee. Meanwhile, Pakistan wants India to forfeit the six points available for the series if they do not play the series. As per the format, eight teams are part of the ICC Women’s Championship. While the top four teams of the championship will get an automatic entry into the 2017 Women’s World Cup in England, the remaining four will have to play a ten-team qualification tournament in 2017 to seal a spot in the World Cup.
As quoted in ESPNcricinfo, an ICC spokesman said: “The two sides have until the end of this month to play the series, which has to be hosted by Pakistan. If the series doesn’t go ahead, then the matter will be referred to the Event Technical Committee.”
Pakistan, who were due to host the series, were willing to hold it in UAE due to security concerns. But the Indian cricket board have still not decided on the series as it is waiting for the government’s decision on the same.
The already poor bilateral ties between the two countries have been further deteriorated following the Uri terrorist attacks in which 19 Indian soldiers were martyred. And any possibility of the resumption of bilateral ties looks a distant dream now.
A BCCI official said: “This is for the government to decide. The BCCI doesn’t have a say in this. We still have time to make a decision.”