The India-Pakistan bilateral cricket series now seems very unlikely. Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Shahryar Khan has expressed his unhappiness about being made to wait for an official answer.
“I am not optimistic (about the series) now after what has happened here because obviously there are pressures here. As of now, the chances are very low. I am not going to make any effort now,” Khan told reporters in Delhi.
“There are no further meetings now. Once we have a clear idea that the series won’t happen then we will see all options. Taali do haath se bajti hai (It takes two hands to clap),” Khan said.
Meanwhile, Khan met IPL chief Rajiv Shukla in New Delhi on Tuesday morning.
“It was a courtesy call, we exchanged pleasantries, there were no official talks. Whatever talks happen will be done by the BCCI President, he will take a final call on these matters,” Shukla said after meeting Khan.
“The series, whether it will happen or not, where it will happen, how it will happen, will be decided only after talks, if at all the talks take place….We should not jump to conclusions. Process of dialogue should be on. When that dialogue will happen is upto the BCCI President,” he added.
Shahryar Khan is in India to discuss a proposed bilateral cricket series between India and Pakistan with BCCI officials. Khan’s meeting with BCCI chief Shashank Manohar was disrupted on Monday morning after Shiv Sena members attacked the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai and threatened Manohar.
Sena is against any move to resume cricketing ties between the two countries.
Rajiv Shukla again condemned the protest staged by the Shiv Sainiks.
“Storming the BCCI office and creating a situation where talks cannot happen is not right,” Shukla claimed.
The PCB Chairman is seeking a meeting with Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to discuss the matter but there is no confirmation on that as yet. He is also expected to meet former union minister and NCP leader Sharad Pawar.
Khan arrived in Mumbai on Monday with his PCB colleague Najam Sethi. Sethi has already left the country after Sena’s protests.
“Mr Najam Sethi has flown to Dubai. I am trying to meet Mr Arun Jaitley and discuss the issue with him. Unke saath Milne ki koshish jaari hain (Trying my best to meet him),” Khan told PTI over phone.
Shashank Manohar had invited Shahryar Khan for talks on the much-anticipated series. There was speculation that the two neighbours would play either a bilateral series in the UAE or agree to a possible triangular series in December also involving Bangladesh.
(With inputs from PTI)