Monday, 7 January 2013

India in no mood to tour Pakistan

According to a report published in the Mumbai Mirror, the BCCI has turned down the PCB's request to send the Indian team to Pakistan, who have been trying to revive international cricket in the country after the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team in 2009.

The report said that PCB chief Zaka Ashraf met his BCCI counterpart N Srinivsan in Chennai during the first ODI between India and Pakistan and tried to persuade him to send the Indian team to Pakistan. However, according to an unnamed board official, Srinivasan did not accede to Ashraf's insistence.

"He [Ashraf] seemed to have a one point agenda that we should visit Pakistan. But what is the ground situation there? The ICC is refusing to depute its umpires. How can we visit the country in such circumstances? Let them host Australia first and then we'll think about touring the country," the official said.

The official, said the report, further conveyed that even the idea of a neutral venue has been trashed by the BCCI. "We'll simply follow the FTP [Future Tours Programme] and there is no way we'll play at a neutral venue," the official added.

The BCCI has already conveyed its decision to Ashraf that they are not willing to tour the country until the security situation there improves. Pakistan have even proposed a third option of holding their 'home' matches in India, which too hasn't found much favour with the BCCI. "Who will take care of the baggage that comes with a Pakistan team. There will be a lot of security issues and who will take those hassles," the official concluded.(CricketNext)

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