The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, Shahryar Khan, on Wednesday rejected the idea of playing their home series in India in December as proposed by ICC president Zaheer Abbas. The chairman was very clear in his statement when he said that there was possibility of Pakistan visiting India to play its home series.
We will not go to India to play our home series, said Shahryar, as quoted by NDTV. I will now be seeking a clear stance from the Indian Cricket board on the planned series (in December in UAE) by sending them a letter this week. We have two outstanding home series against India and we will definitely host the series in UAE in December.
Zaheer told the media in Lahore on Monday that Pakistan should be lenient and for the betterment of the game and the revival of the Pakistan-India cricketing ties should visit India to play the home series.
The betterment of cricket and revival of Indo-Pak ties should be our first priority. We should not have inflexible attitude and if need arises even go and play our home series in India, said Zaheer earlier.
The PCB chief said they will wait until October for a confirmation from the Board of Control for Cricket in India to play the series at the end of the year. He added that Pakistan has always managed a clear stance that politics should be kept far away from cricket.
Whatever the situation, India should not mix politics with sports since cricket is something which has helped improve relations between the two countries and also brings a lot of joy to millions of people in both countries, he said.
The PCB chief, meanwhile, admitted that if the series is not held, it would deprive the PCB of huge revenue and wouldnt be good for both the game and the financial position of the board.