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Pakistan won’t beg India for series: Shaharyar

Pakistan won’t beg India for series: Shaharyar

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Shaharyar M Khan said on Tuesday that Pakistan won’t beg India for a cricket series and is ready to wait for such an occasion to materialise.

Speaking to reporters late on Tuesday at the Pindi Cricket Stadium after the T20 final, the PCB chief said he didn’t mind if the series between the arch-rivals was delayed for another year since the two countries hadn’t played each other for several years.

“We won’t get down on our knees and beg India,” he said. “It doesn’t matter whether we play India or not as already this series has not taken place for so many years.”

Shaharyar said there is a 50-50 chance of a revival of bilateral series. “The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has said that they are ready to play a series with Pakistan but they have to get a green signal from its new government,” he said. “The Indian government hasn’t given any answer yet but we are trying our level best to know whether it is a yes or no.”

PCB chief reiterated that if the series doesn’t take place, it will be a bit of a setback for the PCB but the country’s cricket governing body has plans for revival of international cricket in the country. “An international team is expected to tour Pakistan in September next year but that will be revealed after everything is finalised,” he said. “We are also in talks with Holland, Scotland, Ireland, Hong Kong and Oman to tour Pakistan and I’m positive they will visit.”

Published in Dawn, September 17th, 2015

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