LAHORE, Pakistan, Nov 14, (AFP): Pakistan’s cricket chief Shaharyar Khan on Saturday ruled out any chance of sending his national team to India after his counterpart offered to play a proposed series there, arguing that the current atmosphere would not allow that to happen.
Pakistan and India are due to play a series of two Tests, five one-dayers and two Twenty20 internationals in December-January, the first of six taht the arch rivals agreed to play under a Memorandum of Understanding signed last year — all subject to clearance from the respective governments.
But the current strained political situation with regular ceasefire violations from both sides and cancellation of talks between the security advisers of the two countries in August leaves the series in serious doubt.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Khan led a delegation to India earlier this month to discuss the possibility of the tour but the talks were cancelled after Shiv Sena activists attacked the office of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), protesting against talks with Pakistan.
Khan said BCCI has offered to play the series in India. “BCCI chief Shashank Manohar telephoned me on Friday and has offered to play the matches in India, but the current situation is not conducive to send the Pakistan team there,” Khan told media.