Shaharyar Khan, Chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) © Getty Images
Shaharyar Khan, Chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) © Getty Images

As opposed to what is doing the rounds in Lahore and Karachi, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have not approached the Foreign Minister for travel advices to India especially for the ICC World Twenty20 2016 to be held in India between March 9 to April 3. In conversation with The Telegraph on Wednesday, Shaharyar Khan said, “We’ll certainly be doing so, but closer to the tournament. It’s an ICC event and we are committed to playing in it. However, we will be guided by what our government says. Islamabad has to decide on whether security could be an issue, not us.” The India vs Pakistan ICC World T20 match is scheduled for March 19 to be held at Dharamsala. READ ALSO: Asian Cricket Council inaugurate Centre of Excellence in Dharamsala

“Right now, frankly, I’m not in a position to give a categorical yes or no. We’ll go entirely by the government’s advice,” he said. Speaking from his residence, the former foreign secretary with strong roots in India added, “I don’t have any gut feeling, Government alone will decide. In any case, nobody’s gut feeling will influence the World T20 decision.” Considering the security reasons, Pakistan has not played in India since January 2013. Since then there have not been a single bilateral series. ICC very cleverly have scheduled all Pakistan matches at Kolkata, Dharamsala and Mohali. If Pakistan makes the semi-final, they would play at Delhi or Mumbai. READ ALSO: India-Pakistan bilateral series 2015-16 to go on?

When asked PCB why they aren’t calling off the bilateral series between India vs Pakistan at Sri Lanka, Shaharyar said, “Why the onus is on us? Your Board proposed a short series, with a mix of ODIs and T20Is, and if the government is not giving its consent, then they should call it off. Aapke Board ne propose kiya tha. (Your board proposed for the series).” The Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) president Shashank Manohar made the proposal to Shaharyar when they met at Dubai last month. In order to avoid any misunderstandings, the BCCI has been responding with a tentative reply from New Delhi. READ ALSO: India-Pakistan series 2015-16: I am no astrologer to predict its fate, says Shashank Manohar

Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind behind the 26/11 attacks, lately sent out an open video on Twitter, which did not really stir any emotions at Pakistan cricket establishments or on the other side of the border. Though, indirectly it might stir up some tiffs through the extremists. India’s cricket team is not scheduled to play at Pakistan or against in the near future. India’s foreign minister Sushma Swaraj did visit Pakistan for peace talks with Nawaz Sharif Government, but cricket was not discussed.