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Pakistan vows not to play bilateral cricket series in India

 

Najam Sethi

Najam Sethi

Najam Sethi, head of PCB Executive Committee, made it clear that Pakistan will not tour India for any bilateral series until the BCCI agrees to play a “home” series.

“We are ready to resume bilateral cricket ties with them but either in Pakistan or any other venue, not in India. We want a full “home” series so that we recoup our financial losses which we have faced over the years due to India not playing us,” Sethi, who headed the successful Pakistan Super League in the UAE, told reporters.

“Our government has also constantly shown this same spirit as is evident. But India owes us two “home” series and we want them to first fulfill this obligation to us,” said Sethi.

India and  Pakistan recently made concerted efforts  to revive the bilateral series with PCB agreeing to play series in Sri Lanka but BCCI did not get government clearance for the series.

Sethi said while Pakistan was in a position to host India in Karachi or Lahore as the provincial governments and security forces had promised full security for international matches, but they would have to be cautious.

“We ourselves are being patient on hosting international teams and not pushing anyone as our Prime Minister wants us to be cautious. Any small incident would put our cricket back by 10 years. But we want to have the opening match and final of the second edition of the PSL in Pakistan for sure,” Sethi said.

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