In­dia hold­ing back progress on Indo-Pak se­ries: Shahryar

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

IS­LAM­ABAD—Pak­istan Cricket Board (PCB) Chair­man Shahryar Khan be­lieves that In­dia is hold­ing back progress on the Pak-In­dia se­ries say­ing he hopes the po­lit­i­cal at­mos­phere im­proves and cricket re­la­tions can be build-up once again.

Shahryar said PCB signed an agree­ment in which it agreed to the idea of the Big 3’s in­flu­ence on world cricket in 2014 with the clear un­der­stand­ing that In­dia would play six se­ries with us over a pe­riod of eight years.

“Th­ese se­ries would have been played in In­dia or a mu­tu­ally agreed venue in a third country. The BCCI told PCB that they needed per­mis­sion from the In­dian gov­ern­ment for th­ese se­ries and PCB agreed to wait for that but that per­mis­sion never came through.”

“PCB even agreed to play In­dia in Sri Lanka back in De­cem­ber but even that per­mis­sion was not forth­com­ing from the In­dian side and as a re­sult the se­ries didn’t hap­pen. It also showed that In­dia had not met PCB’s con­di­tions for ac­cept­ing the Big 3 for­mula.

“Pak­istan gov­ern­ment has never cre­ated any hur­dles to this se­ries and even at the time of the World Twenty20 when all sorts of threats were be­ing made, Pak­istan team still par­tic­i­pated in the tour­na­ment. It is the In­dian gov­ern­ment which is hold­ing back progress on this se­ries,” Pakpas­ quoted him as say­ing.

Speak­ing about lack of in­ter­na­tional cricket in Pak­istan, Shahryar said we will be pre­sent­ing our case in the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil (ICC) con­fer­ence in a few days’ time. “The crux of the prob­lem is that we can­not play home se­ries against in­ter­na­tional sides which is den­i­grat­ing to­wards us.”

“We in­tend to pro­pose that as we can­not play se­ries at home and we are obliged to hire ex­pen­sive venues in other coun­tries, there­fore the ICC should help us over­come this prob­lem. Let’s see how the ICC re­acts to it and whilst they may be re­cep­tive to the idea, whether a for­mula emerges to com­pen­sate us for this ex­pen­di­ture is yet to be seen,” he said.

Talk­ing about Test skip­per Mis­bah ul Haq, Shahryar said Mis­bah has been a won­der­ful and a very suc­cess­ful cap­tain. “We are ranked num­ber three in the Test rank­ings but we are way down in lim­ited overs rank­ings. I am hope­ful that Mis­bah will lead the team on a suc­cess­ful tour and de­spite his age, we don’t see signs of a de­cline in his fit­ness and his ca­pac­ity to play cricket. I will do ev­ery­thing I can to en­sure Mis­bah car­ries on play­ing for and cap­tain­ing Pak­istan.”

“Mis­bah and You­nis Khan are the two fittest men in our young team. I hope this tour will be a suc­cess­ful one and Mis­bah will be ready to carry on his du­ties as Test team cap­tain against Aus­tralia and West Indies etc,” he said.—APP

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