Thursday, 19 April 2012

BCCI says no to Pak’s ‘home’ series in India

New Delhi: The Indian cricket board has flatly refused to stage Pakistan’s ‘home’ bilateral series with other countries, saying that apart from the prevailing political issues, a commercial aspect was also a reason for rejecting the request.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Zaka Ashraf made the unprecedented request to BCCI president N Srinivasan, during an International Cricket Council executive board meeting in Dubai last week, if his Board could stage such matches in future.

While accepting that he met Ashraf, Srinivasan said he would not comment on the issue. “I did meet him in Dubai, but I have no comments to make on this,” Srinivasan told MAIL TODAY on his return from Dubai.

He also declined to comment on the resumption of the long-discontinued India-Pakistan bilateral series.

Pakistan has not hosted any home bilateral series against any country since March 2009, when a bus carrying the Sri Lankan team was attacked in Lahore. No player died in the accident, but some were injured. 

Since then Pakistan has played several of its ‘home’ bilateral series in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and England. (Mail Today)

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