The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Shashank Manohar and Pakistan Cricket Board chief Shahryar Khan met at the International Cricket Council's headquarters in Dubai on Sunday to discuss the future of the India-Pakistan bilateral series, which is supposed to be held in December.
Both the boards have stuck to their previous decisions that they are not willing to play at each other's home venues. Reports suggest that the India vs Pakistan bilateral series is now likely to be held in Sri Lanka. The final announcement about this crunch series between India and Pakistan will be announced on 27 November. Reports suggest that Sri Lanka Cricket is keen to host this high-voltage series.
"We had a fruitful meeting. Giles Clarke was our facilitator and Shashank was also in there. It has been decided that Giles Clarke will give a briefing tomorrow. We have also decided that there will be no further briefing. I am not in a position to say more than this," Khan told the reporters on Sunday after his meeting with the BCCI chief Shashank Manohar.
Bangladesh was also being considered as a venue for the series as the PCB believes that people will come in numbers and they can get good revenue from there. But the availability of the stadiums was a concern. The deadlock has still not been broken yet, but the England and Wales Cricket Board president Giles Clark expected to address the media regarding the India-Pakistan series soon.
As of now, three ODIs and two T20 international matches will be played in this much-anticipated India vs Pakistan series, if at all it happens. The Test matches are to be scrapped because of time constraints as India will fly to Australia for a limited-over series at the start of the second week of January.
"Since PCB will need the permission of Nawaz Sharif before going official, Shaharyar Khan will need to go back to Islamabad and seek the Prime Minister's permission. Once he gets the green light from the PM, he will again come back to Dubai and intimate his decision to Clarke. Clarke is likely to officially announce the series on November 27," a source close to PCB told PTI on Monday.