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India blocks Pakistan's progress: PCB

Published Jun 29, 2016, 3:00 am IST
Updated Jun 29, 2016, 9:08 am IST
PCB chief Shaharyar Khan. (Photo: AP)
 PCB chief Shaharyar Khan. (Photo: AP)

Islamabad: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Shahryar Khan believes that India is holding back progress on the Pak-India series saying he hopes the political atmosphere improves and cricket relations can be build-up once again.

Shahryar said PCB signed an agreement in which it agreed to the idea of the Big 3’s influence on world cricket in 2014 with the clear understanding that India would play six series with us over a period of eight years.

“These series would have been played in India or a mutually agreed venue in a third country. The BCCI told PCB that they needed permission from the Indian government for these series and PCB agreed to wait for that but that permission never came through,” he was quoted as saying by ''.

“PCB even agreed to play India in Sri Lanka back in December but even that permission was not forthcoming from the Indian side and as a result the series didn’t happen. It also showed that India had not met PCB’s conditions for accepting the Big 3 formula."

“Pakistan government has never created any hurdles to this series and even at the time of the World Twenty20 when all sorts of threats were being made, Pakistan team still participated in the tournament. It is the Indian government which is holding back progress on this series,” he said.

About the lack of international cricket in Pakistan, Shahryar said PCB would present its case at the ICC conference in a few days’ time.



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