Pakistan's hopes of India series dashed

Published: December 9, 2015
PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan. PHOTO: AFP

PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan. PHOTO: AFP

LAHORE: Pakistan’s cricket chief said Wednesday his hopes for a bilateral series with arch-rivals India had been dashed after a visit to Islamabad by India’s external minister failed to yield any breakthrough.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had hoped Sushma Swaraj’s visit to Pakistan for the Heart of Asia regional conference Tuesday and Wednesday would open the way for a limited short over series, agreed between the PCB and the Indian cricket board and due to be played in Sri Lanka.

But Pakistan media reported cricket was not discussed during Swaraj’s talks with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his foreign affairs adviser Sartaj Aziz, while she made no reference to the series in a brief statement Wednesday evening.

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Any chance of a series is “over”, PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan told AFP, adding that the foreign office had conveyed to him that without talks on the cricket it would be “difficult” to arrange any series.

India had suspended bilateral cricket with Pakistan in the aftermath of the 2008 attacks on Mumbai, which New Delhi blamed on militants based across the border.

The two cricket boards agreed to break the deadlock by signing a Memorandum of Understanding last year under which they were due to play six series between 2015-2023, all subject to clearance from their respective governments.

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The first series, originally due to be played in United Arab Emirates in December-January, was comprised of two Tests, five one-day and two Twenty20 matches, but it ran into trouble over strained relations between the two countries since the start of 2015.

Accusations of ceasefire violations led to the cancellation of a meeting between their security advisers in Delhi in August.

But a recent thaw, with both prime ministers briefly meeting on the sidelines of Climate Change conference in Paris in November and subsequent talks between security advisers in Bangkok, raised hopes of a cricket revival.

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Last month the two boards agreed to play a short limited over series of three one-day and two Twenty20 internationals in Sri Lanka after their heads met in Dubai, leaving the final decision to their respective governments.

Islamabad gave a go ahead to the series on November 26 but have been awaiting clearance from New Delhi ever since.

Khan said the series could have netted Pakistan $50 million (five billion rupees).

“We are disappointed that India did not honour their commitment,” he said.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Sameer
    Dec 9, 2015 - 10:37PM

    Mr shahryar, she came to discuss Afghanistan issue in multilateral summit and by the way who told you to remain hopeful ,when from day one India already cleared their stance about this series…. and please first honour MFN status then expect cricket …thanks!Recommend

  • Vicky
    Dec 9, 2015 - 10:39PM

    If trade can be mixed with politics then why not cricket can be mixed politics? Fair enough !Recommend

  • Ayaz
    Dec 9, 2015 - 10:51PM

    Shut up Shaharyar Khan !! Such a looser PCB Chairman !!
    We demand immediate resignation cum fire of PCB chairman for his disgusting mantle condition.Recommend

  • Umar Khitab
    Dec 9, 2015 - 11:39PM

    Thank GOD, there is no series. I fail to understand how can the bookies force an entire government to request, plead and even beg for a lousy three match series. Shame on you PCB. Its time to get rid of Shahyar Khan, Sethi and Mr Subhan along with losers like Haroon Rasheed, Zakir Khan…

    Why cant we have one decent man Majid Khan, lead the PCB and restore honor and professionalism with ethics…

    May GOD help cricket in Pakistan and save from the list of wrong doers AmenRecommend

  • Minority report
    Dec 10, 2015 - 1:48AM

    Mr. Khan…You are only worried about some revenue for your cricket without considering sensitivities of Mumbai attack where real innocent lives have been lost and families destroyed…Seriously you need lot of learning to do to continue in this important position which requires mix of so many skills which you simply lack, unfortunately!!!Recommend

  • Indian Muslim
    Dec 10, 2015 - 1:54AM

    Stop shelling the border.Recommend

  • JSM
    Dec 10, 2015 - 7:13AM

    After-all Pakistan boycotted Moscow Olympics in 1980.Recommend

  • Indian Hindu
    Dec 10, 2015 - 7:21AM

    India lost T20 and ODI to South Africa very badly. Little no wonder we won’t play Pakistan who is a far better team. And BCCI is busy tackling match fixing which is an enormous issue in India.Recommend

  • usman
    Dec 10, 2015 - 7:51AM

    et published any early story saying series will go ahead now you report the real situation. why do you jump the gun when facts are not established. dont you hold your reporters accountable. what sort of journalistic standard are you guys following.Recommend

  • Amazed
    Dec 10, 2015 - 8:53AM

    Ms.Sushma did not come to Pak to settle cricketing ties.Recommend

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