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Shahryar Khan upset with India's response to reviving cricket ties

Source: PTI
May 23, 2015 21:03 IST
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Pakistan Cricket Board chief Shahryar Khan along with BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya. Photograph: PTI

The PCB chairman Shahryar Khan has expressed disappointment over BCCI’s lukewarm response to the resumption of the bilateral ties between the two countries.

Shahryar  was hopeful that there would be a revival of bilateral ties after his visit to India recently, but not-so-positive statements from senior BCCI officials have not gone down too well with the PCB chief.

"We visited India in 1999 even after Shiv Sena dug the pitch for the match because we don't believe in mixing sports with politic," Shahryar told a news channel.

"Cricket needs to be played in the right spirit," he added.

One particular statement from a senior BCCI official, Rajeev Shukla seems to have irked Shahryar, who had returned few days back from India, proclaiming it as a positive visit.

Shukla had said that there was no immediate chance of bilateral ties being restored and the Pakistan Cricket Board would have to meet certain conditions before anything was finalised, as the Indians were not keen on playing at a neutral venue.

Wahab Riaz of Pakistan celebrates after picking up the wicket of MS Dhoni of India. Photograph: Hamish Blair/Getty Images

The PCB, in contrast, has already planned the first Test bilateral series with India in the UAE this December.

Shahryar insisted that fans of both the countries love watching Indo-Pak matches but politics is ruining it.

"People of both the countries don't hate each other. It is the politics which is ruining the cricketing ties."

Shahryar said while a series against India would be financially beneficial for the PCB, but the main aim was to revive Indo-Pak cricketing ties.

"It (Pak-India series) will be very viable financially for PCB. But more importantly our cricket will benefit from it. Even the ICC understands the importance of the series," he insisted.

Pakistan players celebrate after a fall of a wicket. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

Meanwhile, talking about the central contracts of the players for the year 2015, Shahryar said only one point needed to be cleared between the board and cricketers.

"The captain and the players have an issue with the bonus system where they were granted bonuses of match victories.

Former chairman Najam Sethi introduced a new system where a bigger bonus was awarded on the basis of a series win and not an individual match victory.

"The players are against it and they want to continue with single match victory bonus system. But the issues will be finalised soon and I think everyone should get one-year contract," he explained.

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