No chance of India-Pakistan bilateral series next year: Najam Sethi

Najam Sethi, who heads the PCB executive committee, said that it was highly unlikely Pakistan and India will play a bilateral series next year.

By: PTI | Karachi | Updated: December 11, 2016 9:08 pm
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A top official of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) says he does not see any Indo-Pak bilateral series taking place next year owing to the strained relations between the two countries.

Najam Sethi, who heads the PCB executive committee, said that it was highly unlikely Pakistan and India will play a bilateral series next year.

“I don’t think it will happen because of the current scenario which will take time to change. But I also don’t think India will avoid playing us in the Champions Trophy next year in England,” he said.

Asked about a likely move by Ministry of Inter Provincial Coordination to boycott all sporting ties with India in India, Sethi said if the government issued directives to this effect the PCB will follow them.

“But we will only agree to not playing on Indian soil. But if for example, India agrees to matches with us on a neutral venue of our choice, which we host, then we will play them,” he said.

Sethi said one thing was clear that whenever Indo-Pak bilateral cricket relations resume Pakistan will not go to India for any matches.

“They will have to play against us at a venue of our choice as we will be hosting any such series,” Sethi said.

Asked whether he felt India would carry out its threat of not playing Pakistan in ICC events, Sethi said he did not see this happening since a large chunk of the revenues generated from an ICC event is from Pakistan and India matches.

“Look if there is no India and Pakistan match in an ICC event, then financially it will hurt everyone including the ICC and I don’t see that happening since both countries get shares from the world body,” he said.

Asked about the expected meeting between Pakistan and Indian cricket officials on the sidelines of Asian Cricket Council meeting in Colombo on December 17, he said that Pakistan would try to ensure constructive talks are held but admitted the situation was not ideal for matches.

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    Arun
    Dec 12, 2016 at 12:02 am
    The reason for having no series is not because of strained relations. It is because of terrorists who keep coming over the border. That is under stan's control - but they want us to play cricket while they send terrorists.
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    Anon
    Dec 11, 2016 at 3:40 pm
    . But if for example, India agrees to matches with us on a neutral venue of our choice, which we host, then we will play them,” he said.lt;br/gt;Tall demands from terrorists
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    Narendra M
    Dec 12, 2016 at 3:51 am
    BCCI, as desired by our government, should continue with its policy of not inviting stani cricket team to play in India. I suppose this policy should be fine as long as stan continues to fund terrorist organisations through ISI, stan's intelligence wing.
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    autonomous
    Dec 11, 2016 at 5:11 pm
    Shashank Manohar new anti bcci policy is now becoming anti india.He is making BCCI out of all decission making process in ICC instead of the fact that BCCI is a major revenue source of ICC.BCCI should make steps to step down shashank manohar from his post and appoint an Indian sports man who is well aware of sports ,he is becoming from bad to worst for India.
    Reply
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