Pakistan Cricket Board says they are not ‘begging’ India for a bilateral series

Will India and Pakistan play a bilateral series in near future?


Chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board, Shahryar Khan has urged BCCI to honour the Memorandum of Understanding, according to which, India and Pakistan cricket teams were scheduled to play six bilateral series between 2015 to 2023. The PCB Chairman went to the extent of saying that he will not the beg the BCCI to play the already planned series against them.

Shahryar was speaking in front of the parliament house, after a meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Inter-provincial Coordination. He went on to add that he will raise the issue in front of the Asian Cricket Council in the upcoming meeting.

“Both India and Pakistan have to play bilateral cricket according to Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between them. Pakistan will plead its case at the upcoming meeting of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC),” he said.

The PCB chairman added that they will consult their lawyers, who will further advise them on the long-standing issue and that they will talk to India about the bilateral series, which has been kept on the side burner.

The Asian Cricket Council is scheduled to have a meeting in Colombo on December 17 under the chairmanship of Shahryar Khan. Reportedly, PCB’s chief executive Najam Sethi and Subhan Ahmed will also be attending the meeting.

The already-sour relationship between the two perennial rivals was further dampened after the Uri and Pathankot attacks, after which the BCCI chief Anurag Thakur made it clear that India will not be entertaining Pakistan in a bilateral series until and unless the cross-border terrorist attacks stop.

The last time two teams faced each other in a bilateral series was in 2012, when Pakistan came on top in a three-match ODI series played in India. Notably, the last time India faced their rivals in a test series was back in 2007, and since then the two teams have not played the longest format of the game against each other.

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