Pakistan to boycott World T20 in India?
Pakistan cricket chief Shaharyar Khan said Saturday that if India
turn down a proposed series in December-January then it would be
possible that Islamabad would prevent Pakistan from featuring in next
year’s World Twenty20 in India.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has called on India to honour a
Memorandum of Understanding under which the arch-rivals agreed to play
six series from 2015-2023 -- pending clearance from both governments --
the first of which is this year in the United Arab Emirates.
But the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has yet to give
a final response on the series comprising of two Tests, five one-dayers
and two Twenty20 internationals.
Talks between the two Boards failed to get going on Monday after Shiv
Sena activists attacked the BCCI office in Mumbai, protesting any
cricket with Pakistan.India and Pakistan have not played a bilateral
cricket series since 2007 after New Delhi stalled the ties in the
aftermath of terrorists attacks on Mumbai in 2008, blamed on militants
based across the border.
Asked if the Pakistan government would prevent their team from
playing in the World Twenty20, which India hosts from March 11-April 3
next year, Khan said: “This is possible that if India close all doors
then we have to decide and make a policy.
“We will have to take advice from the Pakistan government and I think
the government will say don’t go in the event.”
Khan said that if such a situation arose then Pakistan would be ready
to forfeit their matches in the World Twenty20, organised under the
International Cricket Council (ICC).