We aren’t begging but will push for series against India: PCB

Shaharyar Khan says PCB is well within its rights to 'push' the BCCI into honouring the MoU for six bilateral series between the two countries.

By: PTI | Karachi | Published:December 1, 2016 4:10 pm

It isn’t exactly “begging” India to play against them but Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Shaharyar Khan says PCB is well within its rights to “push” the BCCI into honouring the Memorandum of Understanding for six bilateral series between the two countries.

“We are not begging them to play us. Please don’t get that impression. But they (BCCI) signed a proper Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with us to play six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023 and they didn’t meet their commitment,” Shaharyar told the media in Islamabad after attending a meeting of the national standing committee on sports.

“It is our right as a cricket nation to push them to honour the MOU. They immediately owe us at least two home series as the last full bilateral series was played in India in 2007. In the MOU, Pakistan was to host four series between 2015 and 2023,” he said.

Shaharyar, a former career diplomat, said that both countries have to play bilateral cricket according to the MOU signed in 2014 during the ICC meeting and the PCB depended on these series for huge financial boosts.

He said Pakistan had lost huge revenue due to India’s refusal to play them and that was the reason the matter was also been taken up in the ICC executive board in Cape Town.

“We have been consulting our lawyers on this issue of the MOU and we will be taking up this case of bilateral series at the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) meeting this month,” he said.

Shaharyar was recently elected Chairman of the ACC and will chair the next meeting in Colombo on December 17.

Though the ACC meet is being held to discuss development issues and future schedule of tournaments, the PCB chief said he will be discuss the MOU with India.

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  1. R
    Dec 1, 2016 at 1:04 pm
    Cricket is a gentlemen's game and not to be pla with terrorists.lt;br/gt;India will never play with stan again except World cup.
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      Aamir Khan
      Dec 1, 2016 at 3:15 pm
      What a joke......Country is not respecting its own MoU signed.....Only to get Anti stan..Rememeber my dear indian what ever you want to do,do it but you will never ever even occupy an inch of stan,,,,All this is Topi drama pla by Govt just to get Votes.....
      1. D
        Dec 1, 2016 at 2:10 pm
        Shameless beggars trying to put up a brave face
        1. D
          Dec 1, 2016 at 3:47 pm
          stan will be divided into 4 pieces.lt;br/gt;insha allah.lt;br/gt;.... lt;br/gt;allah ki yahi marzi hai hai..lt;br/gt;Ameen..lt;br/gt;''''''''
          1. D
            Dec 1, 2016 at 3:01 pm
            no way.. u can try begging too..
            1. G
              Glen Harbour
              Dec 1, 2016 at 7:11 pm
              How can both countries play when a proxy war is going on. Our Indian jawans are dying. They are training these militants and sending them over the border. They want to stop cotton imports from India when a most favoured nation status has been given to them. They want to call the shorts and have it all their way. The PCB is pressing for the series to fill their coffers as they know how much money this would generate. They are virtually bankrupt and to restart the series is their only hope. Moreover no other cricketing nation is going to their country to play because of security issues. How do they expect India to visit them when India is their proclaimed enemy. They must be living in a fools paradise to believe this will materialize. This should be ignored by the BCCI and India to ever play any sport with them again. Isolation is the best ingredient for them. They have to learn the hard way and PM Modi is the right one for them.
              1. G
                Dec 1, 2016 at 1:09 pm
                Don't beg yet... we are playing with you on the border... once that is finished, then we will think
                1. S
                  S Subramaniam
                  Dec 1, 2016 at 12:50 pm
                  What a joke our brave hearts are martyred day-in-day-out and PCB want Indo-Pak cricket series. No cricket, know peace, know cricket, no peace.
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