No question of playing Pakistan’s ‘home’ series in India: PCB chief

Updated on Nov 17, 2015 01:03 AM IST

PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan has stated that it will not be feasible for Pakistan to play the proposed bilateral series in India as suggested by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan during a press conference in Lahore on October 21, 2015.(AFP Photo)
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan during a press conference in Lahore on October 21, 2015.(AFP Photo)
PTI | By, New Delhi

PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan has stated that it will not be feasible for Pakistan to play the proposed bilateral series in India as suggested by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

It was Khan who had informed one and all that BCCI President Shahshank Manohar had written to the PCB, inviting Pakistan to play the proposed bilateral series in December in India. But Khan made it clear that the series would only be possible only if India come and play in the UAE, Pakistan’s adopted home since 2009 after the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore.

“There is no question of playing in India. I am still awaiting the reason of not playing in UAE,” Khan told ESPNcricinfo.

“We went there in 2007 and 2012. This time not again. It is our series and we will play at our home venue which is the UAE. What is the problem playing in UAE as they had also played their IPL there as well so why not Pakistan series?,” he added.

According to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two boards in 2014, Pakistan were meant to host India for a home series comprising two Tests, five ODIs and two Twenty20s.

However, it is understood that only about a month’s window is available for the series as India travel to Australia on January 8 for a limited-overs contest from January 12.

Like in India, where the final decision on the bilateral series would rest on the government, the PCB will also wait for a final approval from its government to go ahead with the proposed series.

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