PCB chief insists Pakistan cannot play series in India

Karachi, Nov.16 : Amidst looming uncertainty over a bilateral cricket series, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan has ruled out the possibility of playing the bilateral series in India as desired by the Indian cricket board.

“There is no question of playing in India. I still awaiting the reason of not playing in UAE,” Shaharyar was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

Earlier, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Anurag Thakur had said that it was not possible to play in Pakistan and a neutral venue as the Indian government would not give the permission.

Shaharyar also questioned the rationale behind the BCCI’s decision to not allow its players to play in the United Arab Emirates when the first leg of the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League was held there.

“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,” Shaharyar added.

According to the MoU signed between the PCB and the BCCI, both countries are scheduled to play six series under the 2015-2023 Future Tours Programme, subject to clearance from the Indian Government.

India has not played a full bilateral Test series with Pakistan since 2008 when the Mumbai terror attacks took place. (ANI)