KARACHI: Top officials of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) are likely to meet in the UAE for informal talks over the issue of holding bilateral series, which has now hit a deadlock.
Both countries had scheduled a series in December — one of the six agreed upon on over an eight-year period during the formation of the ‘Big Three’.
BCCI President Shashank Manohar has made it clear that their team will not play in the UAE for unexplained reasons, while PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan has stressed that Pakistan will not tour India as this is supposed to be their home series.
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Shaharyar will be joined by former PCB chief and the board’s executive committee chairman Najam Sethi in the UAE.
Indications imply that officials from both sides will try to avoid the limelight, and according to Shaharyar, if Manohar wants to set up a meeting, he would gladly listen.
“I had planned two months back that I would come to Dubai to watch the matches and this is why I’m here,” said the PCB chairman while speaking to the media in Dubai.
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“I’ve heard that Manohar will be coming here as well. If he asks for a meeting, I’ll listen to him, but we’ve made it clear that we will not be playing in India,” he added. “This matter has now become political and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has advised the government to make a decision.”
Shaharyar added that English and Wales Cricket Board Chairman Giles Clarke is also working hard on finding a solution to their problem as Clarke believes the series should get the nod in the interest of cricket.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 22nd, 2015.
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