Pakistan cricket board chief Shahryar Khan has ruled out the possibility of sending Pakistan team in India for the bilateral series. BCCI showed keen interest to host Pakistan for ODIs and T20s series in December and sent proposal for the same to PCB. Mr. Shahryar Khan reacted over this proposal and made it clear that Pakistan would not play their home series in India.
One day before BCCI secretary Mr. Anurag Thakur made a statement that Indian government would not give permission to send team in Pakistan or UAE for the cricket series. He also mentioned BCCI would be ready to talk with Pakistan on cricket ties if PCB would send their team in India. But Shahryar Khan’s interview with ESPNCRICINFO has cleared that Pakistan won’t come here in India to play the series.
Khan told ESPNcricinfo, “There is no question of playing in India. I still awaiting the reason of not playing in UAE. 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.
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PCB Chairman also raised question over Indian government’s decision for not sending Indian team in United Arab Emirates as UAE hosted the 2014 edition of Indian Premier League.
Mr. Khan questioned, “What is the problem playing in UAE as they had also played their IPL there as well so why not Pakistan series?”
According to the Memorandum of Understanding signed between BCCI and PCB, Pakistan were scheduled to host India for two tests, five ODIs and two Twenty20s. But due to India’s busy schedule it is not possible to play all three formats of the game in series. So BCCI tried to arrange One-Day Internationals and T20Is Indo-Pak series but it seemed that now series will not take place.
The chances of India vs Pakistan series in December seems to be weaken as both boards are looking to play the series but not in other’s home. It will be interesting to see how BCCI officials react on this.