According to the Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman, Shaharyar Khan, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has officially offered the PCB to play the estimated series against Pakistan in India and not at UAE. As per the MoU, India are to play Pakistan at their home in December.
Shaharyar Khan, the Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman said to the media in Lahore that he had received an official call from his BCCI counterpart Shashank Manohar over conducting the series in India. “On Friday i have received a formal call from the BCCI president over conducting the Pakistan homes series in India. He said to me that the BCCI had got the clearance from the Indian Government to play against Pakistan and that they would like to host the series in India”, Shaharyar said.
“BCCI proposed to me that they intend to play the series in India and offered us a formula to cover the losses we incur and the share of profits from the series”, he added.
The PCB chairman said that the BCCI president has assured them of tight security for Pakistan players and also offered to conduct the matches at venues like Mohali and Kolkata, where the current social conditions are favorable for the security of Pakistan players.
However, Shaharyar said that he has informed the BCCI president that the PCB wants to play the series at UAE as per the MoU signed. “I have informed them that PCB prefers to play the home series of Pakistan in UAE and not in India. We have several business deals surrounding the home series which accounts to nearly $50 million. Moreover, it is a Pakistan’s home series and not India’s”, the PCB Chairman said.
Pakistan has been playing its home series at an neutral venue, UAE, since the terrorists attack over the Srilankan team in 2009.
Shaharyar Khan concluded that he has asked the BCCI to give a written letter over the proposal and the decision over the same would be taken by the governing council, the Cricbuzz reported.
On the other hand, the BCCI chief said that the Board has not yet approached the Government over seeking clearance on the series against Pakistan and that any statement to this effect is not correct. However, Monohar accepted that he had talked to the PCB chief on phone and would do so again in a couple of days.