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‘PCB to not ask India for bilateral ties anymore’

The chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board Shaharyar Khan has said that the PCB would no longer ask India to play the bilateral series planned in the UAE in December.

“I think we have said enough about the series and we are not going to ask them anymore. The ball is in their court now and they now have to decide and inform us about the fate of the series,” Khan told reporters. The former diplomat, in his most strong statement on the coming series and relations with India, said the PCB had done enough on its part to show its keenness to play the series and revive bilateral ties.

“I don’t want to say anything more on the series. But what is causing us concern is that from what we know the letter we sent to the Indian board about the series has not gone to their government as yet,” he said. The PCB chief said if the Indian board backed out of the series which Pakistan is supposed to host it would approach the ICC and other member boards.

“The series is part of a proper MOU signed between the two boards and we will pursue this matter if required,” he added. Khan said that Pakistan’s stance remained clear that cricket and politics shouldn’t be mixed. “Relations between the two countries have been tense in the past as <g data-gr-id="22">well</g> but we still played cricket. But since 2007 India has not played a test against us. We will not run after them now it is their turn to decide and realise the importance of reviving bilateral cricket ties.”
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