No permission from govt to play in India due to security issues: PCB

As things stand, it looks certain that cricket lovers will miss out on the next instalment of this great rivalry.

Updated: Nov 20, 2015, 14:24 PM IST
No permission from govt to play in India due to security issues: PCB

New Delhi: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday made its stand clear with regards to the proposed Indo-Pak series in December.

According to a report in the Hindustan Times, the government denied its cricket team permission to tour India citing security concerns.

"The Pakistani government position is that the PCB cannot play in India without the government’s permission, which has not been given. The government raised security and safety issues for the PCB regarding playing in India,” Najam Sethi, chief of the PCB’s executive committee told HT.

"I don’t know why India doesn’t want to play in the UAE. It recently (in 2014) played IPL matches there. We are waiting for a fresh proposal from the BCCI. But our position is clear — we are not going to play in India.

“This is Pakistan’s home series which means the choice of venue is PCB’s right and all revenues accrue to PCB, just as when it is India’s home series in 2017, all revenues will accrue to BCCI and the venue will be India’s choice,” Sethi further added.

At the upcoming ICC meet in Dubai, Shashank Manohar is expected to hold discussions with his PCB counterpart regarding the cricketing ties between the two nations.

However, after PCB gave its most clear indication yet of not budging on its stand of playing in India, the meeting between the duo is unlikely to bear any fruit.

As things stand, it looks certain that cricket lovers will miss out on the next instalment of this great rivalry.