With foreign minister Sushma Swaraj did not talk about the series in Sri Lanka, the highly anticipated bilateral series between India and Pakistan is all set to be canceled as time is running out for both India and Pakistan. The eternal rivals will leave for Down Under bilateral series on January 7th.
Indian government formally did not give any green signal as foreign minister Sushma Swaraj on his Pakistan visit did not talk about cricket. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will now suffer a loss of $ 40 to 50 million.
But, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) still does not want to lose the hope. PCB chairman Shahryar Khan said they would wait for two more days before shelving the hope for the short limited overs series which was planned this month in Sri Lanka.
“After that the series will be off,” he said. Khan said chances of the series being organised now were very bleak, since the resumption of cricketing ties between the two countries was not discussed by Indian foreign minister Sushma Swaraj during her meetings with Pakistani officials in Islamabad on Wednesday.
“To be honest the chances of the series being held now are very bleak. We have been told cricket was not discussed in the meeting between the Indian foreign minister and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif,” Khan said.
“If the series is not held we stand to lose out on around $40 to 50 million and we had already started making preparations for the series in Sri Lanka which included hotel bookings.
“We were hopeful that there would be good news, but that has not happened. We are disappointed.”
Khan said the PCB will review its future policies and brief its governing board members on the developments.
“Not having the Indian series is a big setback for us financially. And we were expecting that the Indian board would get clearance from its government as they have signed a proper MOU with us. We also need to look at the future of the rest of the series laid out in this document.”
Meanwhile, Khan said Pakistan’s participation in the World T20 in India in March will depend on Pakistan government.
“The government had given clearance for us to play a short series with India in Sri Lanka, but that has not happened so far,” he added.