New Delhi: The much-anticipated meeting, to discuss the possibility of an India-Pakistan series, between Shashank Manohar and Shaharyar Khan did not happen in Dubai on Saturday.
According to a report in the Times of India, the BCCI chief was at the office of the International Cricket Council (ICC), while PCB chief was at Dubai Cricket Stadium.
The two venues are in fact at a walking distance from each other, which is why the meeting not materializing comes as a big surprise.
“The meeting did not take place simply because there was no intent,” a highly placed source told TOI.
“Mr Manohar went about his duties taking charge at the governing body on Saturday and Mr Khan will be taking a flight to Pakistan on Sunday morning,” said another official.
Considering the fact Manohar was a critic of moving the IPL to UAE, there is almost no chance of him agreeing to Pakistan's demand of a bilateral series there.
“His view hasn't changed at all. So there's no question whatsoever of India playing in UAE. In fact, had the security situation in Pakistan not plummeted (post the Lahore attacks), I don't think India would've had any problems playing in Pakistan. Haven't we done it twice in the past?” an official added.