WEB DESK: Shashank Manohar, the BCCI president, reminded those gathered at the AGM on Monday (November 9) of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to play a two-Test, five-ODI series in December in UAE, Times of India reported.
Former cricketers from both India and Pakistan didn’t lose hope for the resumption of bilateral ties between the two countries but BCCI has maintained that the final decision hinges on clearance from the government of India.
“Depending on what happens to series against Pakistan, we have to take a call. We are committed to playing Pakistan in December. However, since it’s not possible to play them in Pakistan or the UAE, we have to look at playing the series in Northern India in December,” Manohar was quoted as saying by The Hindu.
“We need government permission to play against Pakistan and Board decision will be as per the government stand,” Manohar added.
As per the International Cricket Council’s Future Tours Programme, Pakistan was to host India but the vehement protest by Shiv Sena derailed the scheduled talks on the issue between Manohar and PCB chief Shahrayar Khan.
India last hosted Pakistan for a short limited-overs series in 2012. The last time these two sub-continental sides met in the Test arena was back in 2007.