Pakistan Claim BCCI Has Invited Team For ‘Home’ Series In December
“Shashank Manohar told me they have got clearance from their government to play against us,” said the PCB Chairman.
The Pakistan Cricket Board today claimed that BCCI has invited their team to play its ‘home’ series in India next month but their Indian counterparts said no such formal proposal has been made yet.
PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan told the media in Lahore that he was given a formal proposal by his Indian counterpart Shashank Manohar during a phone call yesterday.
Shashank Manohar called me up on Friday evening and told me they have got clearance from their government to play against us. But he said they wanted to play the series in India and not in the UAE.Shaharyar Khan, PCB Chairman
BCCI President Manohar, however, told PTI that they have not even approached the government yet for clearance yet and any statement to this effect was not correct.
It’s an incorrect statement. We have not yet approached the government. Yes, I have talked to him over phone and we may talk again in the next couple of days.Shashank Manohar, BCCI President
Shaharyar has also claimed that BCCI has promised fool-proof security for the Pakistan team during the proposed series.
Manohar also said that the Indian Board would provide the best security to our team and schedule the matches in places like Mohali and Kolkata where there is no problem at playing a Indo-Pak match.Shaharyar Khan, PCB Chairman
The PCB chief said that he had however informed Manohar that Pakistan would like to play the series in December in UAE as per the MoU signed with the BCCI.
Why should we play our home series in India and not in UAE which is stated in the MOU and there is the matter of security for our team and plus the nearly USD 50 million that we expect to earn from hosting the series. I told Manohar how can we play in India when there is so much anti-Pakistan sentiments there by some of their groups.We have played our last two series in India and I think it is time we now got to host the series.Shaharyar Khan, PCB Chairman
The PCB chief, however, said he was not authorised to take a decision on Manohar’s offer and he would consult the board of governors when they meet on November 17.
More importantly, I have to first also seek clearance from the prime minister for any decision we take. At the moment I have told the Indian cricket chief to send us a detailed proposal in writing.Shaharyar Khan, PCB Chairman
With inputs from PTI
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