The India-Pakistan bilateral series saga continued as Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Shahryar Khan stated that this issue has become a 'political matter' now and the final call lies with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
The revival of the India-Pakistan looks far from reality as both the Cricket boards, PCB and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), seem to be stubborn about their decisions.
"We have said that we won't play in India and have also given out reasons. Now the matter has become political. Prime Minister (Nawaz Sharif) has said that he wants to take the final call on the series. PCB won't decide on the series anymore. We have put PCB'S stand before the PM and the BCCI," Khan told the reporters on Friday.
BCCI chief Shashank Manohar Khan is adamant that India will play the series only if Pakistan tours the Indian subcontinent. And on the other hand, Khan is also not moving from his point that it is Pakistan's turn to host India at the UAE according to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
"We wanted the series to go on but India is not honoring the FTP. We are not going to come down on our knees and beg. India has not played for eight years. Even if they don't play for a few more years, we will survive," Khan added.
PCB chief Shahryar Khan is supposed to meet the BCCI president Shashank Manohar on the sidelines of an International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting and discuss on the fate of the India vs Pakistan bilateral series. What is to be believed that decision will be coming soon and the cricket fans from both the nations can do nothing but hope that India-Pakistan series gets revived.
"Former England cricket chairman Giles Clarke is trying to make the series happen. Yesterday, he told me that this series must go on in the interest of cricket. A Pakistan vs India series is vital for cricket," Khan said.