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Chances of Pak-India test series slim: PCB Chairman

MUMBAI: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Shahryar Khan said that the chances of Pakistan-India test series in December are very slim, ARY News reports.

Shahryar Khan, talking to media on Tuesday, said that there are no meetings expected to take place between PCB and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officials.

He added that he was disappointed with the behavior of BCCI officials.

However, the PCB Chairman added that the country will take part in the ICC World T20 2016.

AFP adds: Shahryar Khan said his hopes of talks being rescheduled on Tuesday in the Indian capital were dashed after he failed to hear from the BCCI bosses.

“I came here to engage with the BCCI (but) there has been absolutely no word as to how they intend to move forward from here,” Khan told reporters in New Delhi.

“It is very clear there are pressures here that are preventing the BCCI from taking a position vis-a-vis the series.

“I am not optimistic now after what has happened here,” he said, referring to the storming of BCCI premises by activists of Shiv Sena, a junior ally of the ruling right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party.

India and Pakistan have not played a full series since 2007 after New Delhi halted all bilateral cricket ties with Pakistan following the 2008 attacks in Mumbai.

Pakistan did tour India for two Twenty20 and three one-day internationals in December 2012 but even that tour failed to revive the full series.

The arch-rivals, however, signed a Memorandum of Understanding under which they agreed to play six series between 2015-2023, all pending clearance from the two governments.

Khan, also a former foreign secretary and High Commissioner, said he could not “wait forever” to hear from BCCI bosses on the fate of the series in UAE.

BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur, who is the head of BJP’s youth wing and an influential MP, on Monday virtually ruled out playing Pakistan until political tensions eased significantly.

“I had made it clear earlier as well that the talks can continue between the Boards, but cricket will only happen when conditions will improve,” he said.

Pak-India series in December cancelled — PCB still hopeful of ‘positive response’

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) sources stated that Pakistan-India test series scheduled in December of this year has been called off in wake of the ongoing sour relations between Pakistan and India.

According to an Indian news agency, the decision was taken a day after activists of Hindu extremist group Shiv Sena attacked the BCCI Headquarters in Mumbai and disrupted the meeting between Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Shahryar Khan and the BCCI President Shashank Manohar.

After the attack, PCB and BCCI Chiefs met at an undisclosed location and decided that the meeting will be held in Delhi. However, BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur announced that the rescheduled meeting has been cancelled and the fate of the test series rests with the Baharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government.

Read More: Rescheduled Pak-India cricket meeting called off after Shiv Sena attack

AFP adds: PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan was due to meet Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Shashank Manohar on Monday but the meeting was postponed after Shiv Sena activists stormed the Mumbai office in protest at the dialogue.

But Khan said he was still hopeful of a positive outcome.

“It was a nice gesture from the BCCI to invite us and they were positive about the series before this unfortunate and condemnable situation came,” Khan told AFP from Delhi by phone.

“I hope the meeting will be rescheduled in Delhi, if not we will meet in Dubai in the next few days,” said Khan. “I am still hopeful of a positive response.”

It should be noted that International Cricket Council (ICC) withdrew Pakistani umpire Aleem Dar from officiating in the next two one days between South Africa and India due to security concerns.

Pakistani cricketing legends Wasim Akhtar and Shoaib Akhtar, commentating in the ongoing India-South Africa series, will also leave India ahead of fifth ODI in Mumbai due to looming security concerns.

The cricketing ties between Pakistan and India severely affected by the issues and bi-lateral problems other than the sport.

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