India won't come to Pakistan due to security concerns, says PCB chairman

Published: April 9, 2015
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A file photo of PCB chairman Shahryar Khan. PHOTO: AFP

A file photo of PCB chairman Shahryar Khan. PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shahryar Khan said that India will not visit Pakistan in the near future for a series due to security concerns.

He was addressing a press conference outside Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore where the national team is practicing in a training camp for the Bangladesh series which starts from April 17.

Read: Dates announced for Pakistan’s tour of Bangladesh

“India won’t come to play a series in Pakistan because of their security concerns,” said Shahryar.

“It will be a big deal if they even come to Dubai to play a series against us.”

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Moreover, he said that many doors were opening for International cricket in Pakistan and we will soon see Test playing nations touring Pakistan.

He also stated that fitness is the primary focus for the players at the moment.

“Only fit players will be able to represent Pakistan,” he said.

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“We have brought in young players to play for the national team but the seniors players are also there to help them improve.”

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  • tazia
    Apr 9, 2015 - 6:46PM

    why we are always begging to play with India

    There are 8 other teams to play with.Recommend

  • Ilyay
    Apr 9, 2015 - 7:46PM

    I, personally, would love to have our neighbor over for a game of cricket. We have been to India over the last couple of years and it is only fair that they visit our homes this time around.

    Playing India in Pakistan would be electrifying and bring a lot of entertainment to our countrymen.Surely enough water has flown under the bridge for the India and the entire cricketing fraternity to give us another chance.

    PS: One can only imagine the welcome that stars of the likes of Kohli would get on arriving in Pakistan. I am sure we would also have the usual infusion of Bollywood with actors like SRK and Aamir flying in to catch a couple of games. Come on India, please VISIT PAKISTAN !!Recommend

  • PrasadDeccani
    Apr 9, 2015 - 7:47PM

    @tazia:
    Not because you have love for India, but, because of the love PCB has for big money a series with India can fetch. As administrators, PCB office bearers try to get India play either in Pakistan or in a neutral country. It is their job to do so. I must say PCB is doing a good job at it. Sad, in fact frustrating to see that India doesn’t respond favorably. Recommend

  • Bharat
    Apr 9, 2015 - 8:40PM

    @Ilyay:

    Yes, i remember 1O years back when Saurav Ganguly’s team India played in Pakistan and won. It was really fantastic the whole atmosphere. It would be awesome if our team plays there. The security situations should improve soonRecommend

  • Shakil
    Apr 9, 2015 - 8:45PM

    There is no security threat but a set agenda by India and others to remove any cricket from Pakistan. Its also evident when a racial ban put in place in IPL on Pakistani players and ICC stays tight lipped.Recommend

  • Human
    Apr 9, 2015 - 9:04PM

    well if thats the case then we shouldnt go to india either………i mean we hav our security concerns as well ,ie naxalites,Recommend

  • john
    Apr 10, 2015 - 12:22AM

    Recently yemen also refused to play in pakistan. This prove that muslims also fear to go in pakistan. Also, neither terrorists of sri lanka bus attack were caught till now!!! india is number 1 enemy of pakistan. they should not trust pakistani security system and if you believe so much poltics out from sports!!! then invite israel team for some sports!!!Recommend

  • Sumit
    Apr 10, 2015 - 12:39AM

    @Human:
    I wish you could that. But sadly as soon as India gives you nod, we find your team ready at IGI airport, new Delhi. Next time please do reject Indian tour, it is dangerous place to play cricket specially for people from peaceful nations. :-)Recommend

  • B Shivaramakrishna
    Apr 10, 2015 - 6:22AM

    I strongly oppose India undertaking bilateral and/or trilateral cricket series/tournament with Pakistan until such time as the Punjabi Military dominated Deep State of Pakistan takes publically visible punitive action against all Islamic Terrorists based in Pakistan that target Indian interests. If such a series/tournament does unfortunately take place, I will do my bit to deny series/tournament advertisers any potential benefit by not watching the series/tournament and persuade as many as I can to follow suit.
    Thus security or the lack thereof for cricket players playing in Pakistan is a very important though secondary issue in the context of India indulging Pakistan with participation in a bilateral and/or trilateral cricket series/tournament.Recommend

  • wb
    Apr 10, 2015 - 6:50AM

    I just don’t see the point of two of the weakest teams in the world playing against each other.

    Perhaps, India and Pakistan both will do better to play against Australia.Recommend

  • harkol
    Apr 10, 2015 - 8:38AM

    India shouldn’t tour Pakistan till its security situation comes close to normal. No one can forget the attack on Srilankan team, and an Indian team faces even higher risks.

    A simpler method for Pakistan may be to play it’s home series in India… Even with other teams (like Pakistan-Australia), instead of in far away gulf…Recommend

  • Apr 10, 2015 - 10:19AM

    @tazia:
    Because without India U can’t earn so much money as u can with India. U can play with Zim,keniya,neatherland or any other else just like our team b palying with these team. But U cant earn money. India generates more than 80% income of the world cricket.playing 10 years for country or 1 month In IPL. players earning is equal . Shoeb Akhtar now earning 4 crores in a month In IPL8.so U can Imagine the power of BCCI. Recommend

  • indian
    Apr 10, 2015 - 10:28AM

    @tazia: simply because you earn more money playing India.Recommend

  • Lord of the Ring
    Apr 10, 2015 - 11:20AM

    @tazia: Apparently because they make more money out of betting on Indian win

    as they make Pakistani team lose. The record shows that.Recommend

  • Blunt
    Apr 10, 2015 - 12:29PM

    India generates more than 80% income of the world cricket
    Oh really? Any source? Any break up?Recommend

  • Jimmy Amarnath
    Apr 10, 2015 - 12:42PM

    @BSivaramakrishna

    I support you The blood of the innocents of Mumbai Massacre &the beheading of our soldiers still haunts us. No cricket series must be played for near future.

    @Shakil

    No security threat???? Yeah that is why even Bangladesh refuses to tour pakistan for cricket.

    IPL is Indian Premier League & we indians will decide whom should Play not ICC.

    Also most of indian public does not want to see pathetic paki cricketers also that Shahid Afridi guy who said that we are small hearted.Recommend

  • Anjaan
    Apr 11, 2015 - 1:41AM

    With the release of Lakhvi, any possibility of cricket between India and Pakistan in the future is ruled out … the door to IPL for the Pakistanis are now shut for ever … !!Recommend

  • Apr 12, 2015 - 3:30PM

    @Shakil: – if there is no security threat then
    why other cricket teams like Australia, New Zealand, England, or South Africa is not visiting Pakistan.
    The culprits of attack on SriLankan team could not be traced and brought to book by pak police. Sorry security situation has not improved yet in Pakistan.Recommend

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