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Pakistan want to play World T20 at a neutral venue

PTI | DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Feb 10, 2016, 1:27 am IST
Updated Feb 10, 2016, 1:27 am IST
Pakistan Cricket Board chief Shahryar Khan
 Pakistan Cricket Board chief Shahryar Khan

Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board chief Shahryar Khan has revealed that the issue of Pakistan’s participation in the World Twenty20 in India in March-April was discussed at the recent International Cricket Council meeting in Dubai.

Khan said that a proposal was also floated about having Pakistan’s matches at neutral venues if it didn’t get permission from its government to tour India for the World T20 in March.

Khan said that at the meeting he made the point that the Pakistan government might not allow its team to play the World T20 in India as it faces specific threats from extremists in India.

“Yes some member did bring up the point that if our team didn’t get clearance to go to India maybe our matches be held at a neutral venue like Dubai, Sharjah or Colombo,” he said.

He said he had made it clear at the ICC meeting that Pakistan’s participation in the World T20 was subject to government clearance.

“I made it clear we have to see what our government says because the Indian Board has not played a bilateral series against us in December because their government didn’t give them clearance,” he added.

“India didn’t play the planned series on pleas they didn’t get clearance although it was relocated to Sri Lanka and shortened just to ensure the Indo-Pak ties were revived,” he said.

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