Rajeev Shukla clarified that they are not in favour of playing at a neutral venue © Getty Images
Rajeev Shukla clarified that they are not in favour of playing at a neutral venue © Getty Images

Chandigarh: Amid speculation over the fate of the proposed IndiaPakistan series, Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Rajeev Shukla on Friday said there are “no immediate chances” of revival of cricketing ties between the two countries.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shahryar Khan had recently met his Indian counterpart Jagmohan Dalmiya in Kolkata and then the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Anurag Thakur in New Delhi to host a bilateral series in December in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Indian Government in favour of India-Pakistan bilateral cricket series: Sports Minister

According to an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) signed between the two boards, India and Pakistan had agreed to play six bilateral series until 2022, but Shukla said that a number things need to be worked out before giving the go-ahead to the proposed series by PCB. PCB open to other proposals from BCCI regarding venue for India-Pakistan series

“Though talks between the boards of two countries have held recently, but there are no immediate chances of revival of cricketing ties between India and Pakistan,” Shukla said. Pakistan confident of series against India in December

“But there are two to three issues which need to be sought before taking a final decision on resuming India-Pakistan cricketing ties,” he added. Shahryar Khan invites BCCI to attend Pakistan vs Zimbabwe match in Lahore

India suspended all bilateral series with Pakistan in the wake of the 2008 attacks and Shukla clarified that they are not in favour of playing at a neutral venue. Pakistan High Commissioner: Cricket between India and Pakistan will strengthen relations

“As per itinerary, India will have to play in Pakistan, but at present its not possible and we are also not in favour of playing at a neutral venue,” he said. India-Pakistan set to resume cricketing ties beginning with a series in December 2015

Shukla asserted that the series can only happen after a government clearance. “There is no final decision yet taken on resumption of ties,” he said. Shukla also informed that the Pakistan board had desired to play in India, but there are revenue problems involved.