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PCB working on back-up plans if Indo-Pak cricket series doesn’t happen

MUMBAI: With the sword of uncertainty hanging over the India-Pakistan tour, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is working on a back-up plan in the event the home series against India doesn’t happen.

“I am hopeful but yes we have started working on a backup plan which I can’t disclose right now…we have spoken to some boards…incase the series does not take place in December. And we can’t afford to leave this window unused,” PCB chairman Shahryar Khan told Geo Super.

Khan also raised apprehensions over the future of the six series memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the two board should the proposed series fail to happen.

“It is our “home” series and the first of the six series MoU we have with the Indian board. If it does not take place, then I don’t know what will be the future of this MoU,” he said.

The relations between the two countries has deteriorated in the recent times due to terrorist attack on Gurdaspur, believed to be a handiwork of elements in Pakistan, and constant skirmishes on the Line of Control.

Despite all this negativity, Khan believes that politics should not be mixed with sports. He said that the series at the moment was still on. However, PCB would need at least two months to prepare for it.

“After two months it will become even difficult for us to prepare for the December series so we have to be prepared,” he added.

According to Khan, cricket between the two countries must not stop. “Our stance is clear cricket must be played between Pakistan and India despite the political conditions at a given time. In 1999, I was manager when we went to India to play a full series even though Indo-Pak relations at that time were tense,” Khan said.

“We have faced so many problems and yet we remain a top team and there is no doubt it is important for us and world cricket that Pakistan and India resume bilateral ties in December but we can only do our best not more than that,” he noted.