The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Secretary Anurag Thakur has ruled out the possibility of an early beginning to the Pakistan-India series with the Indian team’s busy schedule from December 30, 2015.
The first of these series had envisaged ‘Limited Overs’ matches to be held in Sir Lanka.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has been extending deadlines awaiting a final verdict on a short series to be played there, but the Indian government has been found evasive.
“It’s the 19th already and even if a decision comes in the next week, it might not be possible to host a series on such short notice,” Thakur said at a press conference in Delhi yesterday, where the ODI and T20 squads for the tour of Australia were announced.
He said the decision had really been up to Pakistan as they were to be the hosts, according to the MOU signed between two countries, but the PCB was left with little time to take up the matter seriously.
The Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) signed had agreed to six bilateral series to be held between 2015 and 2023 beginning in December. But with India set to tour Australia and Pakistan leaving for New Zealand next month, the eagerly awaited beginning to the bilateral series between the two countries appears to have been shelved.
The PCB announced that it would difficult to arrange the first of these series even if Indian Government was to allow them at this juncture, but the Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Shaharyar Khan said he was still hopeful that the series materialize after the BCCI had replied.
“I have asked [England and Wales Cricket Board president] Giles Clarke to bring an answer from India. He is going to call me in the evening to tell me the final reply from the Indians. Then we will decide what to do,” said Shaharyar, while addressing the media outside the PCB headquarters in Lahore.
The Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Rajeev Shukla expressed his disappointment on government’s delayed response and said, “It has been around 15-20 days since the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) sent a letter to the External Affair Ministry” and the decision should have been taken by now “since the Indian cricketers will not be available after December 30” as they will be touring Australia from January 5”.