The Pakistan Cricket Board, headed by Najam Sethi said that there are no chances of bilateral series between India and Pakistan next year. Due to unstable relations between the neighbouring countries, there will not be any match soon.
The Inter Provincial Coordination has made a plan to ban all the sporting ties with India in India. To this Sethi said that the Board will follow this if there are directives issued by the government. According to him this will happen as the present scenario will take time to change. Moreover, India will not avoid to play against Pakistan in the Champions Trophy in 2017 in England.
Sethi made it clear that Pakistan will not travel to India for any of the matches even if the Indo-Pak bilateral cricket relations resume anytime in the future. They will not play on Indian soil. But they will play against India only if there is neutral venue on their choice to which India agrees and they are allowed to host the match. In that case India has to play at any venue of Pakistan’s choice.
He also felt that India will not stop playing against Pakistan in ICC matches as the big chunk of revenues which comes from ICC matches is from the Indo-Pak matches, the arch rivals. Sethi gave his opinion on the arch-rivals matches. He said if no India Pakistan match is held in ICC event, everyone including the ICC will be hurt financially. But this will not happen as both India and Pakistan get shares from the world body.
The arch rivals last played a bilateral series in 2012. A meeting is expected to take place between both the countries cricket officials in Colombo later this week. Sethi promised that Pakistan would try to bring out some productive discussions but the situation was not apt for cricket matches.