BCCI, PCB to discuss strained bilateral cricket ties during Asian Cricket Council meeting

PTI, Nov, 27 2016
BCCI, PCB to discuss strained bilateral cricket ties during Asian Cricket Council meeting

Karachi: Pakistani and Indian cricket officials will get another opportunity on 17 December  to sit across the table and discuss the strained and suspended bilateral cricket ties between the two nations.

File photo of the BCCI logo. AFP

An official source in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) told PTI that the meeting will be held during the Asian Cricket Council moot in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

"PCB Chairman, Shaharyar Khan is also Chairman of the ACC and he will be accompanied by Najam Sethi and Subhan Ahmad to Colombo," the source said.

He said the meeting was important as apparently when Sethi met with the BCCI President, Anurag Thakur in Capetown for the ICC executive board meeting recently there was discussion on having a triangular or quadrangular series.

"Thakur made it clear to Sethi who is an influential figure in the PCB and heads its executive committee that at present it was not possible for the BCCI to play Pakistan in a bilateral series as their government didn't support this," the source said.

"The BCCI chief had floated an idea where instead a multi nation tournament could be organized in India or at any neutral venue in which Pakistan and India could play against each other," he added.

The source said that Sethi had reminded Thakur that although he was floating such an idea but at the moment India was even talking about not playing Pakistan in the group stages of the ICC Champions Trophy.

Two officials of the ACC also visited Lahore to meet with Shaharyar this week to discuss preparations for the meeting and possible ACC events in 2017 and 18.

The source said that the PCB had decided to wait until 17 December to see in which direction Indo-Pak cricket relations were headed before using legal recourse to seek compensation from India or ICC due to the BCCI's refusal to play bilateral series with Pakistan since 2007.

It was at the Capetown meeting that Pakistan asked the ICC to give a ruling on India's refusal to send its women's team to Dubai for the ICC cricket league to play against Pakistan.

The ICC technical committee has now awarded six points to Pakistan for the series after ruling that India had forfeited the series which was to be hosted by Pakistan.

Published Date: Nov 27, 2016 | Updated Date: Nov 27, 2016


Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3925 123
2 South Africa 3050 117
3 Australia 3087 100
4 England 3362 99
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115