Karachi: A day after publicly "giving up hopes" on the proposed Indo-Pak cricket series taking place, PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan yesterday once again extended deadline for BCCI "till Monday (yesterday) night" to take a final call on the series.

Shaharyar Khan
Shaharyar Khan

Talking to the media in Lahore, the PCB chief said the series was still not officially called off.

"I have asked (England and Wales Cricket Board president) Giles Clarke to bring an answer from India. He is going to call me in the evening (on Monday) to tell me the final reply from the Indians," he said.

Clarke is believed to be playing the role of a mediator between the Pakistan and Indian Cricket Boards and was also present at a meeting between Shaharyar and BCCI chief Shashank Manohar in Dubai last month.

Never-ending deadlines
While the Indians have yet to come up with a definite yes or no to the series, Shaharyar's deadlines also don't appear to be ending. Reminded by the media that there was growing criticism on the PCB's insistence on playing the series with India and his daily statements on the issue, Shaharyar said it was all for cricket.

"The PCB only wants that cricket be played between the two countries and we are making every effort in this regard," he added.