Will India and Pakistan play the forthcoming bilateral series in December? Now it all depends on the clearance given by the Government of both the nations!
The PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) has clearly rejected BCCI’s (Board of Control for Cricket in India) invitation to the homeland for the upcoming bilateral series that is scheduled in December 2015. Giving his official verdict to a cricket website, the PCB chairman Shahryar Khan said that the upcoming third series in India is absolutely out of the question at this point. Answering about the last week’s BCCI invitation, Khan confirmed the receiving.
What is the reason for this conflict?
It is notable that the respective Indian and Pakistani cricket board has signed the Memorandum of Understanding for the ‘home’ series last in the year 2014. According to the MoU, it is Pakistan’s turn to host the series this time. But due to some security reasons, the Pakistan Cricket Board is willing to host the series in UAE. As per Shashank Manohar, President BCCI, the concluding decision is yet to be finalized. Shahryar also claimed that he had a telephonic conference with the BCCI president, who said that the series has got clearance from the government (who is also willing to host the series in the homeland).
During the last month statement, BCCI secretary clearly suggested that Indian Cricket team will not travel to UAE for any series- it is rather a restriction posed by the Government of India. Playing 2 cricket ‘home’ series in India, Khan said that this time it is Pakistan’s turn to host the game. He claimed that Indian cricketers have been playing IPL matches in UAE, so there shouldn’t be any issue in playing a match against Pakistan.
Owing to the recurring terror attacks, it seems like India is on the verge to avoid the series. Keeping the personal conflicts aside, the boards should focus on the security-related issues. Soon after the South Africa series, the Indian Cricket team will have a one-month vacant duration to play the series against Pakistan.