WEB DESK:Pakistan Cricket Board Shahryar Khan said that the Indian government hasn’t approved BCCI request for the series while talking to a press conference on Thursday, Aaj News reported.
PCB will give a few more days to BCCI inorder to ponder upon the issue after that PCB can no longer make the required arrangements for the series.
The final decision for the bilateral series between India and Pakistan still remains pending. It came as a disappointment to PCB Chairman that PakvsIndia series was not on the agenda for the meeting of top officials from both the countries.
Advisor to Foreign Minister Sartaj Aziz and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif held talks with India’s external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday in Islamabad.
“We are already late, but this is something which is beyond our control,” he said. “I am disappointed that cricket didn’t make it to the discussion but we are still unclear about the status of the series. I don’t know what is going to happen but given the delay and silence I understand it’s a no after all from them.”
More doubts were cast when BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur, who is also an MP with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), said cricketing relations cannot resume until there is political stability between the two countries. These, however, were his personal views and he clarified that he would comply with whatever decision the Indian government or the BCCI took.
“Former secretary of the BCCI signed an agreement with the PCB in April last year, where it is clearly mentioned, if certain resolutions are passed by the ICC, we will play you. We have to honour that now. But I can’t force BJP’s agenda or my individual agenda on the BCCI,” Thakur told NDTV.
Even if all goes as expected and Indian government gives approval to the short series, PCB will be left with a short notice for making logistical arrangements -given the venue is Sir Lanka.
The tentative schedule for series makes December 15 the date to begin the series.