Kolkata, October 1 In the backdrop of the uncertainty over a bilateral cricket series, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Shahryar Khan on Thursday urged India not to mix sports with politics and did not rule out using the option of boycott if the matches do not materialise. “Pakistan has suffered most from terrorism…we are not sponsoring it and trying to control it and so India must appreciate it”, Khan also said. “So, this is my stake, this is what I say”, Shaharyar told media.
Khan added that cricket is a bridge of peace.
We had signed an MoU with BCCI for six series between India-Pak. The Pakistan series so far is in UAE. We have signed on the dotted line that we’ll play it. Now, that is the settlement between us, and I really feel that the BCCI ought to honour that settlement.
“If they don’t honour it (MOU) for political reasons we have options open to us”.
“I acquired reply from Anurag Thakur that we’ll meet in every week’s time”.
“I received a reply from Thakur that we well meet in Dubai and we will probably decide what is to be done. The last choice in fact lies with the Government of India and I can’t transfer the Government of India”.
On his visit to India, Khan said it was not related to talks about the proposed series, but to condole the death of former BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya.
India, who had stopped cricketing ties with Pakistan in the wake of the 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attacks in 2008, had signed an MOU to play six series under the 2015-2023 Future Tours Programme (FTP), subject to clearance from the Government of India.