BCCI Invites Pakistan Cricket Team to Play in India
Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) has reportedly contacted Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for a short bilateral series in December but security concerns for Pakistani players prevail PCB's decision.
According to sources, BCCI proposed a series of three ODI’s and two T20’s between December 15 and January 7 which is set to be played in India.
According to the signed MOU, it was PCB’s turn to host the series, which is scheduled to take place in December this year.
In a telephonic conversation, the BCCI chief also discussed the possibility of compensating Pakistan for any loss of revenue that the PCB may incur if it were to play its 'home' series in India, Khan revealed in a press conference in Lahore on Saturday.
“The BCCI chief told me that India was to ready to play the series and had been cleared by the government. But I found it very disturbing that they want us to travel to India for our home series,” Khan said.
PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan later confirmed that he had a conversation with Mr. Manohar yesterday, and the BCCI chief assured him that they want to play cricket with Pakistan.
“The BCCI chief told me that India is to ready to play the series and had been cleared by the government,” Shaharyar Khan told reporter in Lahore.
However, PCB chairman said he feels that its disturbing that India don’t want to travel to UAE for the bilateral series.
“Manohar clarified that the matches would be hosted in cities where there were no security concerns but according to our initial agreement the series was scheduled to take place in UAE and we should abide by that.”
India and Pakistan signed an agreement to play a total of six series – four hosted by Pakistan and the other two by India – on the sidelines of an International Cricket Council (ICC) annual conference in Melbourne last year. According to the deal the first series of was scheduled to be hosted by Pakistan in UAE this December but the prospects remain uncertain after political tensions between the two countries.
The PCB chairman also confirmed that any reply to the proposal will only be given under the guidelines of the federal government.
“But we will only consider the proposal after the permission of the federal government.” concluded Khan.
Earlier, PCB Executive Committee chairman Najam Sethi advised Pakistan to not play a bilateral series in India, saying that “My recommendation will be to refuse any proposal of playing a bilateral series in India.”
“We went to India to play a series in 2007 and in 2012. On both occasions, we did not earn a single penny out of the series,” he said while addressing media in Lahore on November 13.
Sethi’s statement came a day after media reports suggested that the BCCI is not ready to visit the UAE for the series and instead it has proposed that Pakistan should visit India for a short series on a 50-50 revenue sharing basis.
The BCCI made it clear on Wednesday that it was not in favour of either playing the December series in Pakistan or UAE but it could be held in India.
Further, the PCB executive committee chairman demanded an answer to the letter the PCB had written to the BCCI regarding the December series.
The chairman of the executive board also hoped that India would respect the MOU they have signed with Pakistan. “We want a clear answer. This is our home series, and it should be played in UAE if not in Pakistan. We want them to honour the signed MOU,” Sethi said.
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