Shashank Manohar refused to comment on India-Pakistan bilateral series © Getty Images
Shashank Manohar refused to comment on India-Pakistan bilateral series © Getty Images

New Delhi: Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Shashank Manohar today carefully dodged questions on the proposed IndiaPakistan series which is in a limbo at the moment as the Indian government has not given the necessary clearance to the high-profile contest. When Manohar was asked about the status of the series, he gave a strange reply. “It is Pakistan which needs to decide the venue, ticketing, broadcasters for the series. It is their series,” the Vidarbha-based lawyer said. When asked if there are chances that the government will clear the tour, he smiled and said: “I am not an astrologer and I can’t predict,” he said. READ: India-Pakistan series depends on Sushma Swaraj’s decision: Shahryar Khan

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today left for Islamabad to have talks with counterpart Sartaj Aziz.

Earlier, PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan claimed that the fate of the bilateral series lies in the hands of Indian government as theirs is the side that has not updated about the series.

“When you are having trade with Pakistan, both the governments are engaged in having foreign secretary level talks, minister-to-minister talks. Both the Prime Ministers are exchanging pleasantries with each other, then why the regular cricket should be singled out? Why should cricket be kept in isolation? I raised this in Parliament also today,” Shaharyar Khan said. READ: PCB will cancel India-Pakistan series if BCCI does not respond by today

He also added, “From our side, there is no deadline. Let’s wait for the government’s response. They have given a memorandum to me, which I will forward to the BCCI President, if he, after going through it finds it fit, it will be placed in the working committee.”