The highly anticipated bilateral series between Pakistan and India which was planned to be held in December this year, is blotted out once again as Board of Cricket Control in India Chief Shashank Manohar declared on Thursday that the series would be played in India.
“I have made it clear to him [Shahryar Khan] that team India can play against Pakistan only in India. We have our own reasons to decline playing in UAE. We can’t reveal the reason though. As of now, we only want them to come to India for this bilateral series,” said Manohar.
He said that he is fed up with the statements of Shahryar and stated that every day PCB Chairman comes out with different statements.
Earlier, on Thursday, Najam Sethi, the chief of PCB’s executive committee, said: “The Pakistani government’s position is that the PCB can’t play in India without the government’s permission which has not been given. The government raised security and safety issues for the PCB regarding playing in India.”
Najam Sethi raised question, asking why India is not ready to play in neutral venue UAE: “I don’t know why India doesn’t want to play in the UAE. It recently played IPL matches there. We are waiting for a fresh proposal from the BCCI. But our position is clear. We are not going to play in India,” said Sethi.