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Shahryar Khan requests BCCI to host Pakistan in India this year

India last played a bilateral series against Pakistan in 2012-13 in India © Getty Images
India last played a bilateral series against Pakistan in 2012-13 in India © Getty Images

Jan 8, 2014

Former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Shahryar Khan reached out to Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President N Srininvasan on Tuesday, asking for the Pakistan team to play in India in 2014.

Since foreign teams are unwilling to play in Pakistan citing security reasons, the PCB wants to play its home series against India in India, according to the Times of India.

The BCCI has not given any sort of guarantee on the matter but assured Pakistan that they would consider this request at a more appropriate time.

The PCB had asked for a similar request to the BCCI last year. That was done after Pakistan‘s tour of India in 2012-13, but the request was not taken forward as at the time the PCB was sorting out its internal finances mess.

Sources said, “It was more of an informal discussion between the two counterparts. Nothing was finalised in the meeting but BCCI has taken a note of it.”

When India’s tour of South Africa in 2013 was under doubt, the BCCI had thought of playing a bilateral series against either arch-rivals Pakistan or Sri Lanka in India. That did not happen as India did travel to South Africa later on.

Even if the BCCI has to take any decision on organising a series against Pakistan, it has to get the clearance from the Centre.

On another unrelated matter, Pakistan players may not be considered in playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2014. Pakistan players have not played in the IPL since the 2009 edition.

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