PCB asks BCCI about December's bilateral Series
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has written a letter to BCCI inquiring about the scheduled bilateral series in December to be held in UAE
Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has written a letter to BCCI inquiring about the scheduled bilateral series in December to be held in UAE.
According to The Express Tribune, PCB chairman Shahryar Khan wrote in the letter that Anurag Thakur, secretary BCCI, should make the series possible in December. The BCCI had signed an MOU to play Pakistan in six series between 2015 and 2023, with the first to be hosted by the PCB in the UAE in December.
However, the two boards differed over television broadcast rights and India have been reluctant to discuss the series due to the recent cross-border terrorism. "Politics is vulnerable to highs and lows and the sport of cricket should be kept away from it," the paper quoted Shaharyar Khan as saying.
"Cricket is a tool to formulate peace between the countries." Officials from both the boards have been doing some tough talking in the last few weeks. While Khan had said that Pakistan can survive without playing India, Thakur had made it clear that 'bullets and cricket' can't go together.
Infact, after reports emerged that wanted terrorist Dawood Ibrahim was in Karachi, Thakur had written in his twitter handle: "Dawood in Karachi. NSA wants to meet separatists here. Are you really serious about peace and you expect we'll play cricket with you?"
Pakistan and India have not played a full bilateral Test series since 2007 although Pakistan did tour India in the winter of 2012/13 to play three ODIs and two T20 matches.