‘India-Pakistan bilateral series out of possibility’ says former PCB Chief

'India-Pakistan Test will enhance standard of cricket'The former Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan curtailed any possibility of occurring a bilateral series between India and Pakistan in near future due to never ending political turmoil between two countries.

He also said although BCCI is not against the series, the government of India is not likely to approve India’s participation in bilateral encounter anywhere outside an ICC tournament. quoted Shaharyar Khan saying, “The real reason behind the absence of India and Pakistan bilateral series is political and has nothing to do with either the PCB or the BCCI. In the current political climate, I really do not see any way in the near future that both teams will be able to play each other. The fact of the matter is that we have always been willing to play India anywhere, but it’s the government of India who have prevented the BCCI from playing against us and there is not much we can do about that.”

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“I know for a fact that BCCI tried to convince their government and explained to them that there would be a loss of revenue for both India and Pakistan. However, the Government of India has stuck by its stand that unless the political climate improves; there can be no resumption of cricketing relations between both countries. They will simply not allow it,” he added.

According to 2014 Memorandum of Understanding signed between PCB and BCCI, the two arch-rivals would play six bilateral series out of them four would be going to be Pakistan’s home series.

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