Indian Government Not BCCI Responsible For Suspended Indo-Pak Bilateral Ties: PCB Chairman
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan has claimed the Indian government is responsible for the currently suspended bilateral cricketing ties between the two arch- rivals.
The two fierce rivals have not played a full bilateral Test series after the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks which led to the suspension of cricketing ties between the two countries.They played a short series of three ODIs and two T20s in India in December 2012 but otherwise they have met only in the ICC organised events or the Asia Cup. And any chance of revival of the cricketing ties between the two countries look bleak after the Uri attacks in which 19 Indian soldiers were martyred. In fact, the BCCI has even asked the ICC to not put India and Pakistan in the same group in any ICC tournament.
However, Shaharyar Khan thinks the BCCI is willing to resume the ties but are not getting the clearance from the government. Speaking to the media in Karachi, Khan said:
“At the moment they can’t do anything as their government is not giving clearance for such a series. So even our hands are tied now.”
Khan also reacted angrily to a question from a reporter when he asked whether the PCB was begging their Indian counterparts to stage a bilateral series.
“I don’t think we are begging the Indians to play with us. That is a wrong presumption. But in international cricket, a Board has to pursue its own interests in a diplomatic manner and we do that,” Khan said.
“We have lost two home series against them and that has cost us millions of dollars in revenues. They also signed a MoU with us in 2014 at the ICC meeting and agreed to a schedule of six series. So we are justified if we are pursuing this matter,” he added.
The Indian and Pakistan Cricket Board in 2014 had signed MoUs for six bilateral series to be played between 2015 and 2023. However, the MoU has not been implemented due to the escalating political tensions between the two neighbours. As a result, the PCB has suffered huge financial losses and has asked the apex body of the game to look into the matter.
“That is the reason we have raised the issue at the ICC level and we want some funds to make up for India not playing with us in our home series.
“We have told them (BCCI) they should let us know their policy so that we can plan other things,” he concluded.
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