WEB DESK: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the government are bowing to extremists who oppose the India-Pakistan cricket series, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shahryar Khan has said.
According to the Hindu, Khan denied BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur’s contention that his visit to India was a “courtesy call” on Mr. Manohar. “Mr. Thakur is seemingly unaware of my conversation with Mr. Manohar, in which he asked me to come and resolve the issues. That’s why I came,” Mr. Khan said.
“In Pakistan, they are upset at the treatment we have been given. Let alone rescheduling or telling us they want to amber-light the series, I haven’t even got a phone call. So I can do nothing but go home.”
He said the government has failed to maintain “law and order,” by allowing Shiv Sena activists to “break into the BCCI office.”
Commenting on a state of threats and attacks on Pakistani celebrities in India by the Shiv Sena, Khan said they had led many in Pakistan to wonder if they should “risk their players’ safety” here. “What has happened to Ghulam Ali or Kasuri or Aleem Dar, or what might happen to us if we come here is a big question,” he said.
“Previously, [the BCCI] used to say the border crossfire was the problem, or the situation in Pakistan was not good and it’s not conducive for India to play there. Now, Pakistan is saying, how can it be conducive to playing in India, if there is this kind of anger,” he said.
Former chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Zaka Ashraf has said that the duo should not have gone to the neighbouring country in the current circumstances while reacting strongly to PCB chief Shaharyar Khan and chairman of the executive committee Najam Sethi’s visit to India.
“The PCB chairman and Sethi went to Mumbai just on a courtesy call since there was no official agenda of the meeting, while the PCB was insisting for a meeting with the BCCI officials,” remarked Zaka.
Source: The Hindu