In a first, Pakistan Cricket Board threatens to boycott India in ICC event

There were a lot of speculations over the resumption of bilateral series between India and Pakistan, whether it is going to happen or not. It all started when some matches of the IPL-7 were played in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah. India returned to the gulf after a long hiatus, giving birth to speculations that Pakistan may host India for a full series there. Later, in August 2014, International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed that India and Pakistan are set to play a bilateral series in December 2015. All was going well until India faced another Paksitan-sponsored terror attack in the state of Punjab, where many people were killed. Since then, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has maintained a silence on the issue, indicating there’s no question of a series at this point of time. It’s true that the whole world wants India and Pakistan to play a series, including the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Shahryar Khan, who vented his frustration over the deadlock in a bold statement that he made today.

As reported by PTI, Khan has threatened to boycott India in ICC and Asian Cricket Council (ACC) events if the BCCI did not agree to play the series against Pakistan in December. “Nothing is final or decided as yet but if the Indian Board officially backs out of the series, then we have the option of boycotting all matches against them in ICC and ACC events as well,” Khan was quoted saying by‘Express’ newspaper.

Khan also spoke about the letter which was sent to the BCCI by the PCB regarding the status of the series and said, “I sent the letter on August 28 this year and I am still waiting for a reply. They (the BCCI) should tell us whether they want to play the series or not. Because if they say they don’t have government clearance and refuse to play the series, then we reserve the right to act against the Indian Board for not honoring an agreement at every level.”

Further, Khan clarified his statement by saying, “I am not saying we have decided to do this or we will do it but certainly if we don’t get to host our home series in December, then we have to consider appropriate action as well.”

Both India and Pakistan have not played a full series since 2007. The last time when Pakistan came to India to play a brief One-Day International and T20 International series was back in December 2012. Apart from that, they have faced each other only at ICC or ACC events.