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BCCI proposes limited-over series with Pakistan in India

Updated Nov 10, 2015 02:10pm


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India's batsman Virat Kohli hits a shot during a World Cup match against Pakistan in Adelaide, February 15, 2015. — Reuters
India's batsman Virat Kohli hits a shot during a World Cup match against Pakistan in Adelaide, February 15, 2015. — Reuters

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday proposed a limited-over series with Pakistan, comprising five one-day and two Twenty20 internationals, but reiterated that the Indian team would not be travelling to Pakistan or UAE for the matches.

“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,” BCCI chief Shashank Manohar told The Hindu.

“To play against Pakistan we need to get government permission. So we need to speak to the government and abide by whatever decision the government takes.”

While the development may provide some relief to the Pakistan Cricket Board, there has been no mention of a full-fledged Test series between India and Pakistan as agreed upon between the two boards in 2014 on the sidelines of an International Cricket Council (ICC) annual conference in Melbourne.

According to Indian media, top BCCI officials have already started talks with the government and another series of discussions are expected to take place after Diwali.

BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur will be approaching the Union Home Ministry to get confirmation for the series.

“We want cricketing ties to happen, we don’t want politics to hamper cricket,” a top BCCI official was quoted by The Indian Express.

“We will be going with a few proposals: one, where we can have five ODIs and two T20s. In the second proposal, we can have three ODIs and two T20s. All these games will be played in those parts of the country where we feel there will be no disturbance from political parties.”

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Earlier, the BCCI in a letter to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Oct 29 expressed regret over the cancellation of talks between Shaharyar Khan and Manohar.

The BCCI, in its letter, said that they have approached the Indian government for the approval of a bilateral series between the two traditional rivals.

Shaharyar Khan, along with a three-member PCB delegation, visited India to discuss with BCCI president Shashank Manohar to take a final decision whether India was ready to play the series as per the MoU signed last year.

However, members of Indian extremist party Shiv Sena party sabotaged the scheduled meeting at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, when around 40 to 50 individuals stormed the venue of the meeting prior to its start.

The two countries have not played a full series against each other since 2007, though Pakistan toured India for a short series in December 2012.

The series is one of six agreed between the PCB and BCCI under a Memorandum of Understanding signed last year when PM Manmohan Singh-led government gave its go-ahead for the series.

Later the BCCI said it will have to get permission from their new Modi-led government for the said series.

But the current strained political situation with regular ceasefire violations from both sides and cancellation of talks between the security advisers of the two countries in August leaves the series in serious doubt.


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Israr Nov 10, 2015 12:35pm

The report does not mention if the Indian government has granted permission for the series as proposed by the BCCI to the PCB? Will the BCCI first test the PCB if they are willing to travel to India and then seek permission from the government? Also,they haven't mentioned why they don't want to play in the UAE? Ghosts of the haunted past with heavy defeats in Sharjah? Ok, lets exclude Sharjah from the itinerary for the benefit of our Indian friends.

Someone Nov 10, 2015 12:36pm

So they are scared of Pakistan's test side after recent victory over England. A proposal has arrived from a cricketing side lacking in courage and sportsmanship.

Ali Wadood Nov 10, 2015 12:37pm

Finally! atleast something is better than nothing.

hope everything goes well from here.

Karachi Wally Nov 10, 2015 12:39pm

This should be welcomed!

Raja Ragu Raman Nov 10, 2015 12:39pm

PCB finally got it after so many requests. Happy for them!!!

sikander shallwani Nov 10, 2015 12:40pm

I am sure there is political element is involve after BJP defeat in Behar

Gaurav Arya Nov 10, 2015 12:41pm

A welcome step. Now that Sriniwas is out and Modi has lost Bihar, just see how the wind has changed direction over night.

sandeep Nov 10, 2015 12:42pm

The Indian team finishes the ongoing Test series against South Africa on December 7 and is scheduled to go to Australia for a limited overs series in december last week..just wondering how can they sneak these proposals

umair Nov 10, 2015 12:43pm

Pak already played last time there. Its our turn to host the series. Grow up BCCI

Osama Nov 10, 2015 12:43pm

So, BCCI is only willing to play Home series and not an away series and Indian govt has no issue in this.

Looks like a blatant attempt to cut down PCB revenue.

Will BCCI provide PCB with same revenue and licensing rights as if the matches were played in PCB home series?

This is a sad attempt by BCCI to try and bankrupt PCB. Its pathetic that Indians are trying to compete not on field of cricket but rather through Economic hostilities.

Delhiite!! Nov 10, 2015 12:45pm

Now Pakistan will not boycott the T20 WC. lol.

Honestly, a good thing to happen but I highly doubt the tensions between India and Pakistan will ease.

Sab Se Pehle Pakistan Nov 10, 2015 12:46pm

Its between 2 cricket boards. Why the governments should get involved? Government job is to provde security which I am sure both governments will. In addition why no test matches? This should be a complete series with all 3 format matches Or Indian cricket team is afraid to play test matches with Pakistan?

m singh Nov 10, 2015 12:48pm

Better in Lahore.......

AKKI Nov 10, 2015 12:48pm

Better late than never.

asgher Nov 10, 2015 12:49pm

We must ask for a series hosted by Pakistan. Again all the profits will goto india.

Sami Nov 10, 2015 12:50pm

I thought they were supposed to play us in the UAE? If it is on the same terms as the series under Zaka Ashraf then we make nothing financially. I think we are in a good position diplomatically and should not lose this opportunity to make sure BCCI abides by its MOU, I personally dont think we should accept this series if it was meant to be Pakistan's "home" series as per the MOU

Asad Nov 10, 2015 12:51pm

@Karachi Wally . Its pak turn to host the series.

Zahid Nov 10, 2015 12:51pm

How the series in India going to help PCB financially? This is ridiculous. Pakistan has already visited in 2012 after BCCI giving them assurance of return tour. If this happens this will be 2nd time in a row that Pakistan will give away its home tour to India. All we need them is to play in UAE.

Kamal Pasha Nov 10, 2015 12:51pm

No cricket on Indian terms. Should be mutually agreed.

Delhiite!! Nov 10, 2015 12:52pm

@Someone A team which played well against south Africa doesn't need to be scared of any other team. This Indian team defeated Australia 4-0 at home and do far have played quite well against the world number 1 test team. Rather than giving these childish statements look at the Indian team's schedule. Sandwiching a series is a big thing that you must appreciate. Stop complaining and start enjoying, child!

Rvel Zahid Nov 10, 2015 12:52pm

PCB shouldn't knuckle under and must propose a series at UAE or Pakistan. Did India paid last home series dues which was played in india? I don't think so. India doesn't get to dictate terms. It's our home series.

BK Nov 10, 2015 12:55pm

People wants games to happen between both countries. The true enjoyment comes when Pakistan and India plays.Hardliners are there in both countries and not required to take care of their outbursts.

sandeep Nov 10, 2015 12:56pm

even if series happens ultimate wiiner will be revenue generated will enhance bcci monetary tally

Adeel Nov 10, 2015 12:57pm

So finally BCCI has started talking some sense here. However, PCB shouldn't settle down for anything less than 3 tests, 5 ODI's and 2 T20's as BCCI had committed earlier. Agreeing on a few ODI's + T20's is making PCB look like baggers. Additionally unlike India, Pakistan is in super form for test cricket; reason why BCCI is reluctant in playing a test series. Winning a test series against India will boost Pakistan's supremacy in regional and international test cricket and better teams will want to play tests with Pakistan more often.

Muddasser Shah Nov 10, 2015 12:57pm

Bad option.. BCCI wants to earn more revenue.. This series should be in the UAE or any other venue with PCB as Host.

AJ Nov 10, 2015 01:02pm

I am an Indian and think that it is a rubbish proposal. If they have to play it should be with PCB as the host. BCCI here is just offering these non sense alternatives to wriggle out of the situation which to be honest is not of their making.

Qasim Nov 10, 2015 01:06pm

PCB do not fall for the bait. Stand firm on your principle. BCCI signed a MOU and should meet its commitment.

Cricket-One Nov 10, 2015 01:07pm

The series if it happens, is legally scheduled to be hosted by Pakistan, either in Pakistan or UAE, not in Northern India. Looks like, fattest of the BIG-3, needs some money. to be siphoned off from its own citizens.

Cricket-One Nov 10, 2015 01:08pm

@sandeep Mate, money makes the mare go.

Muzzammil Hussain Nov 10, 2015 01:11pm

what about test matches? 2 tests, 3 oids, 1 T20

Arshad Hussain Nov 10, 2015 01:12pm

@Sab Se Pehle Pakistan They both know the level of the security in their countries. That's why they can't do any thing without involving their respected Govt.

Factual Nov 10, 2015 01:17pm

Why did BCCI chairman said series in UAE is not possible? Why is so? What is the hurdle in UAE?

Vectra Nov 10, 2015 01:22pm

Pakistan decide quickly to accept the proposal or not because the windows for to play in December is thin because if Dec pass then there will be no schedule as all are already packed.

Ek Lahori Nov 10, 2015 01:23pm

I beleive this is Najam Sethi and Shariyar Khan's idea because they will get a cut out this series. Long live Pakistan

STRANGE Nov 10, 2015 01:27pm

We need home series for us

Asif Nov 10, 2015 01:29pm

BCCI officials were going high when PCB was requesting , so after an aggressive statements from PCB, they are now ready for a series , this is how world works, Learn Pakistanis

Adeel Nov 10, 2015 01:37pm

Fine BCCI have issue playing in Pakistan for security reason , Pakistan hosting this where ever they want to like UAE and BCCI shouldn't have any issue playing on a neutral ground . Pakistan should not go to India for obvious security reasons.

Khalid (From Japan) Nov 10, 2015 01:45pm

Seem to be impossible in current situation.

Inditramp Nov 10, 2015 01:48pm

@Someone Do you believe your team is only good is test matches? If India would fear pakistan team ,wouldn't it be overall in all formats. Be positive dude. Winning losing is one thing. Nobody fears nobody.

HMSHAH Nov 10, 2015 01:51pm

Playing cricket with India is a good thing but has to have on MoU terms. Why PCB has to suffer 60 million dollars again which was quoted by Najim Sehti (TV Anchor & PCB board member).

In last series when Pakistan visited India, BCCI did not share any money with PCB and got all the gains. Zaka Ashraf agreed on it which is Sad.

Oz Nov 10, 2015 01:56pm

Either a full series or NO series

Waqar Hasan Nov 10, 2015 01:58pm

Well if india is serious about restoring cricketing ties with Pakistan then part of the deal has got to be that Pakistan gets the bigger chunk of revenues from this series. The MoU stipulates a home series for Pakistan and its futile playing india if we're not going to earn anything substantial from it. And india must ensure the prevention of untoward incidents. If this tour goes ahead and we get the revenues we're entitled to, then there is a very good chance of Pakistan participating in the T20 World Cup next year.

Frankenstein Nov 10, 2015 01:58pm

Why are not they willing to play in UAE ? If its about crowd we all know about Sharjah cup and Indo-Pak matches in UAE. Last time it was Pakistan who visited India so this is their turn. They want to play but on their terms. Pakistan would not get anything from this as this will be India's home series

Divergence Nov 10, 2015 02:00pm

they should refuse this proposal

TRUTHFUL Nov 10, 2015 02:01pm

my point is why should this series be played in INDIA? This supposed to be pakistan,s home series so we have the right to play whereever we want provided we have ample security and other logistic arrangements.

A.JABBAR Nov 10, 2015 02:03pm

@Sab Se Pehle Pakistan ... it is the government who has to give security and you know security for Pakistan mean big risk in India. Same in Pakistan also security for Indian will be hell of job for Pak government. So definitely government approval is a must.

anil sahu Nov 10, 2015 02:04pm

@Someone ur comment is pretty childish..

Aziz Nov 10, 2015 02:07pm

You might not agree, but after witnessing BCCI's attitude and approach towards the game of cricket and sportsmanship in general, I am completely against any cricket with the Indians. You might say 'don't politicize the game' but you must realize it's far too late for that. That card has already been played and we weren't the ones that played it.

M.Saeed Nov 10, 2015 02:08pm

No. Thanks.

Armughan Nov 10, 2015 02:09pm

PCB should politely decline.

mj Nov 10, 2015 02:13pm

PCB souldn't accept this proposal but they will accept it . it won't be home series as signed in mou PCB should settle for at least 2 test in UAE not in india as it's pakistan home series ,if it's played in india it won't mean nothing to pakistan cricket or as a nation whole the credit and money will go to India and BCCi

Asad Nov 10, 2015 02:13pm

@Delhiite!! Yes they did do all those whitewashes, but at home, not in away series..Get your facts right.

Ahmed Nov 10, 2015 02:17pm

Why is playing in the UAE not an option for india?

Singh Nov 10, 2015 02:19pm

@Someone,, If India can beat South Africa they can beat anyone there's nothing to be scared of.

Goga Nalaik Nov 10, 2015 02:20pm

Indian team will have to come to Pakistan and play all matches here. We don't want our team go to India.

irshad Nov 10, 2015 02:26pm

Let's beat them in their own backyard, just as we did in 2012. Sad, however, that the Indian proposal doesn't include Tests. In a way, that is understandable, though, as they know they are no match for us in the longer version of the game.

k k tiwari Nov 10, 2015 02:27pm

Its a good news. For security reasons test series is avoided. As for profit Pakistan will get due share.

fahim Nov 10, 2015 02:28pm

decline.. until they come to Pak first.. have some dignity

Salim Nov 10, 2015 02:31pm

Seriously! Is this even being considered by PCB? The answer to BCCI should be simple - thanks but no thanks

Shehzad Nov 10, 2015 02:31pm

They will give you hope and suddenly pull the rug.

Haha LoL

Kaka Nov 10, 2015 02:31pm

@k k tiwari, its not money, its cricket mate. You Indians always consider money and this has badly damaged this poor game once it fall in your hand.

Sherry Nov 10, 2015 02:33pm

Why not at least UAE? It would be a grave mistake if PCB agrees to this. It would appear as desperation to play India on Pakistan's part which will make them a laughing stock in the world cricket. Remember past few series have all been in India and India needs to reciprocate with a tour.

Altaf Nov 10, 2015 02:35pm

its another tactics!

Muneeb Ahmad Nov 10, 2015 02:37pm

Bring it on! :) PCB should welcome india's decision.. anyhow, i am afraid, India may turn their back again!

Saad Q Nov 10, 2015 02:39pm

Thank you, thank you, thank you BCCI! Muah !!

Rome cruiser Nov 10, 2015 02:43pm

Remember - Self respect comes first.

Indian Nov 10, 2015 02:44pm

@Sab Se Pehle Pakistan : India is touring Australia in December so there is no time for test series so bcci is planning for 2 weeks schedule.

Sab Se Pehle Pakistan Nov 10, 2015 02:45pm

Ok I understand security is a concern. How about playing at a neutral venue like UAE or England? Both countries are filled with Pakistani and Indian Nationals.

Indian Nov 10, 2015 02:46pm

@Rvel Zahid : When big 3 are saying just follow that.

mhw Nov 10, 2015 02:46pm

@Gaurav Arya thats the good sign.

Indian Nov 10, 2015 02:48pm

@Adeel : I don't think test series is possible in December since India will be touring to Australia.

Adnan Mazher Khan Nov 10, 2015 02:49pm

Pakistan will visit India but in return India will be invited to play only in Lahore.

Farhan Nov 10, 2015 02:51pm

Not sure what is the issue with playing in UAE, except that PCB will get the main share of TV Revenue as the Host Country. PCB must reject this offer. If they cannot come to a neutral venue like UAE, why should we go to India where extremist have pledged to harm Pakistani cricketers.

fida Nov 10, 2015 02:53pm

The people of Pakistan must reject playing of cricket with India, as well as cease all kinds of relation with India including Cultural and Trade until India withdraws all its forces from occupied Kashmir according to UN Resolution.

From neutral Nov 10, 2015 02:54pm

northern India???? it looks like indian Govt: unable to provide security and its a new way to earn the money for bcci PCB should host This series in pak or in UAE...

Lost cause Nov 10, 2015 02:54pm

It will be a welcome step. Where it is held should be left to respective boards to decide. Looking forward to the game.

adi Nov 10, 2015 02:56pm

this is yet another trick from friendly neighbiur.......

fair Nov 10, 2015 02:56pm

they are afraid to play our formidable test team. they now one day team is in transition phase or not performing and sitting at the bottom at the moment, so they feel confident about wining in ODIs. Dont fall in this trap. if series has to be limited than t should be 3 tests only and in UAE.

Azmeen Nov 10, 2015 02:57pm

PCB must not compromise on the already MOU signed b/w them & the BCCI & security of players.

aqdas Nov 10, 2015 03:02pm

Another meal ticket for employed PCB staff.Fat bureaucrats win again.Nothing in it for the players

Hindutavi Rakshas Nov 10, 2015 03:03pm

Not interested.

Nav Nov 10, 2015 03:04pm

Thanks but no thanks, if any self respect left in mr. Shahriyar for the country just say no.

Shahid Nov 10, 2015 03:04pm

Indians are playing with our dignity and trying to irritate us further. Each and every time when it is our turn to host them, they want us to come to India.

s.khan Nov 10, 2015 03:05pm

no more lolli pops .

talk serious once and for all.

Sarai Alamgir Nov 10, 2015 03:09pm

@Ek Lahori Najam Sethi i can understand, but do you know that Sheryar Khan is a well off guy, actually he is a Nawabzada, he does not need to fall to such accusations, I trust him and I hope the PCB does not accept the BCCI offer, as there should be Tests involved or held in Pak (no security issues anymore) or the UAE.

Sarmad Nov 10, 2015 03:10pm

@Someone With all respect to Pakistani test team, Indians can play spinners way better than anyone in the world, neutralizing Pakistan main threat.

MUHAMMAD USMAN HABIB Nov 10, 2015 03:10pm

PCB should not accept this proposal. This is Pakistan series as a host, it should happen in Pakistan or UAE.

sulman parsi Nov 10, 2015 03:10pm

Pakistan should out rightly reject it. at least GHAIRAT NAAM KI BI KOI CHEESE HOTI HAY.

Taimoor Khan Nov 10, 2015 03:11pm

Its is Pakistan home series, either India play as and where we want them to play or just take the hike. We will consider our participation in coming T20 world accordingly, depending on the security situation in India.

Tariq Nov 10, 2015 03:11pm

new tricks!

imtiaz Hydari Nov 10, 2015 03:13pm

I have always been a strong supporter of resumption of cricketing ties between Pakistan and India but i oppose any series in India until what was agreed in the MOU is honored. Is an Indian's word not his bond? it certainly seems so!

AIZ Nov 10, 2015 03:23pm

Wasnt expected that they will this kind of trick. BCCI is also part of this game. Either come to UAE or no cricket in India.

HMSHAH Nov 10, 2015 03:24pm

First of all, this series supposed to be hosted by Pakistan either in Pakistan or U.A.E natural venue. Once again BCCI used its dirty politics with the help of their government. Why PCB wants to emphasise on this series because of 2 reasons. First MoU was signed and Indian team is bond to play 6 series. 4 x hosted by Pakistan – PCB and 2 series by BCCI - India. For people who don’t know the insight reality, if BCCI hosted this series in India then there are not bond to share a single penny with PCB. It’s in the clause of ICC i.e. only host board/ nation will get the financial gains via TV rights, etc.

BCCI wants to play smart here, first BCCI will get all financial gains, and if PCB won’t agree then they can spread the word in the future that we were ready but PCB declined it. I’m living overseas and playing cricket with most of Sikhs (India side), and all them have an opinion i.e. IPL & BCCI are most corrupted organisation in India.

GoOdLuck Nov 10, 2015 03:24pm

Ok, this is good Pakistan will play home series in India, it means a lot

AIZ Nov 10, 2015 03:24pm

@Nav - Well said Bro

kash Nov 10, 2015 03:26pm

BCCI does not want to tour UAE as this will draw bumper (or better than expected) crowds and it will give more credence to the PSL. BCCI wants PSL to fail.

Dude Nov 10, 2015 03:28pm

Do it in England!

Vectra Nov 10, 2015 03:29pm

Pakistan-England series in UAE is the main reason for BCCI refusing to play in UAE given empty seats in UAE and the Broadcasters and Boards will be in loss. If that happens in in India-Pakistan series the no one can do anything and BCCI dont want loss of revenue.Simple as that

Asim Nov 10, 2015 03:30pm

I think the PCB should tell the BCCI to honour its agreement in full or simply get lost as it seems that again India are dictating terms again.

Raj singh Nov 10, 2015 03:36pm

India vs pakistan ??? Not sure

lafanga Nov 10, 2015 03:39pm

2013 all over again. PCB should flatly refuse it as there is no financial gain for this to PCB if the series is played in India. Ok granted that India does not want to travel to Pakistan, which is a red herring in itself as there are Indian athletes from other sports travelling now to Pakistan but what is wrong with UAE?

Atif Nov 10, 2015 03:43pm

I think enough is enough. Pakistan should not play cricket at India. If they want to play they should play at Pakistan or UAE.

Vectra Nov 10, 2015 03:48pm

As far as some pakistani commentators proposing full series i.e some say at least minimum 2 test 5 ODI and 2 T20 then this cant happen simply because conducting all 3 format will take at least 2 months and PCB and BCCI has only December in their hand.After that WT20 will start and both Indian and Pakistani team need also need some rest for that also.BCCI was right in proposing limited series including 5 ODI and 2 T20 excluding Tests.

A.JABBAR Nov 10, 2015 03:56pm

@Atif ... take it or leave it - India

Muhammad Nov 10, 2015 04:05pm

Please stand your ground and don't play in India. This is Pakistan's home series and we should not capitulate if have any dignity.

Saad Siddiqui Nov 10, 2015 04:05pm

This was supposed to be a Pakistan Home Series, why do BCCI has problems in traveling to UAE ? All other teams are playing there, they should go to UAE and play like grown up instead of lame excuses. PCB should not accept this, Pakistani Players face threats from Hindu Extremists like Shiv Sena there. So citing security concerns and UAE being the Pakistani home PCB should turn down this offer

A. Ali Nov 10, 2015 04:05pm

keep them on burner until time world T20 is just week away.

khurram Nov 10, 2015 04:07pm

dont understand why are we hell bent on having a series with India?

Rizwan Nov 10, 2015 04:09pm

Thanks but either full series or no series.

kanwarch Nov 10, 2015 04:13pm

Big NO from PCB I hope as it is Pakistan`s home series and not India. UAE should be the venue and not India. India is not safe to play cricket anyway for Pakistanis so no thank you. I hope Pakistan cricket board takes a principle stand on this and don't go after money which will never come from Indian side anyway. Please keep NAJAM SETHI out of this and everything will be ok

kanwarch Nov 10, 2015 04:14pm

@A.JABBAR We should leave it. Thank You. Pakistan cricket is doing great even with out the money. Money only corrupts and nothing else. It will go into the pockets of officials anyway.

khurram Nov 10, 2015 04:17pm

@Vectra Pakistan india series is a LOT different then Pakistan England series and that a test series. House will be full my friend. half of the population on UAE is Indian and Pakistani

Sohail Nov 10, 2015 04:25pm

@Singh India did beat SA but mainly because of spin friendly wickets. Younis Khan is currently the best player of spin bowling in test cricket. He along with Yousaf and Inzi had dominated even great Murali in the past. Not to mention the capabilities of Misbah and others are above average against quality spin bowling. India won't be able to play spin friendly wickets card against Pakistan. Although India has better ODI and T20 team but in test matches Pakistan will surely dominate.

Nisar Ahmad Nov 10, 2015 04:27pm

Very simple,Pakistan should not play in India this limited series.

Azhar Nov 10, 2015 04:29pm

Indian team is afraid loosing. BBCI wants to hold its face,

Gaurav Arya Nov 10, 2015 04:33pm

BCCI will go where the money is. There are no crowds in UAE. In India they can fill up one lakh people in Eden Garden.

Fayzee Nov 10, 2015 04:34pm

PCB should not accept this offer.. How come the Indian government will allow a home series where Shiv Shenaks will be allowed to disturb the matches and not allow the Indian team to travel to UAE? Strange!! I couln't get it.

Floridian Nov 10, 2015 04:35pm

India is not only scared of losing to Pakistan in UAE but is also scared of the world no 2 test team! The PCB must not bucks and should make them play a full series in UAE.

Mbhai Nov 10, 2015 04:37pm

why should it be welcomed?

I still don't understand how playing in UAE is a problem for BCCI?

Should be rejected but given the money involved, I think sadly the PCB will agree....

abdullah Nov 10, 2015 04:37pm

So much fear of yasir shah un the indian team.

Faraz Nov 10, 2015 04:38pm

@Raja Ragu Raman no this is not what we want

Faraz Nov 10, 2015 04:42pm

@Delhiite!! Oh really. If they have such a full schedule than w u sigm the MOU. Look who is talking about growing up. People who only want to play in their own back yard to win but who are pathetic Losers abroad since day one. How about that for growing up and stop being childish. ...

Farooq Nov 10, 2015 05:01pm

If India is host, then PCB will not benefit from the millions in revenue. That will still go in their pocker. BCCI is not desperate to play Pakistan, but Pakistan is since the revenue is in millions of dollars

Pakistan can have mega sponsor like Pepsi instead of tissue box company

Sha1234 Nov 10, 2015 05:08pm

No cricket until it is with mutual respect .

mehul jain Nov 10, 2015 05:10pm

Why do people think that BCCI conducts series based on if India can win it or not? Where did this line of thought come from?

M. Siddique Nov 10, 2015 05:17pm

Pakistan should not send team to India. Security for Pakistanis cannot be guaranteed. Moreover, any cricket should be mutual not one sided.

M. Siddique Nov 10, 2015 05:21pm

@Karachi Wally, This NOT a welcome development. If India will not play Pakistan outside India then Pakistan should not play them. It will be India's loss. Pakistan should NOT send team to India because they have criminal goons running around there to harm Pakistanis.

HRK Nov 10, 2015 05:21pm

Why does India not want to Play in the UAE according to the initial plan? They have to give a good reason to not play there otherwise PCB should reject it. This is meant to be Pakistan's 'home' series so the location should be decided by Pakistan. I am fed up of too much good-will being showed by Pakistan.

Timeto stopthis Nov 10, 2015 05:22pm

I dont think the atmosphere is conducive to cricket between these two countries. Just too much animosity and ill feelings. Better to wait for things to cool down before thinking about resuming cricketing ties.

AIZ Nov 10, 2015 05:24pm

Dont worry guys NS and Shetty will agree on it.

Omar Mushtaq Nov 10, 2015 05:27pm

We should not play India on their terms. Either the Indians should honor their commitment or there should be no series. I request the cricket board to show some spine, otherwise the players should boycott the series.

Urooj Zaidi Nov 10, 2015 05:31pm

Contempt refusal is required from PCB if BCCI asked for series to be played in India.

Think about pride of Pakistan.

Pakistan Zindabad.

J.Niaz Nov 10, 2015 05:43pm

This is NOT a welcome step. The Indians have to play a HOME series against Pakistan ( In UAE ) in accordance with their commitment. Pakistani players not safe in India. Also, our turn to make money.

azam kadeer Nov 10, 2015 05:44pm

not good idea if ODI series then it may be split for example 6 matches to be played 3 in Pakistan and 3 in India first must be played in Pakistan. We really do not understand why Government is involved in Games. Games bring people to gather.

UA Nov 10, 2015 05:52pm

No thanks, come to Lahore if u want the series... And ppl here who are saying things like 'something is better than nothing' .... How can you be ready to gather the scraps thrown at you by the BCCI after all that has been happening lately ... cricket is not more important than self respect !!! WAKE UP!!!!!

Zain Nov 10, 2015 05:54pm

Pcb should tell bcci to take a hike.

But with sethi as in charge that will not happen

khan Nov 10, 2015 05:59pm

beggars will go to any extent for money, dont play your home series in india.God save Pakistan .

Canada Nov 10, 2015 06:07pm

So they don't want to play PK for political reasons in UAE but all of a sudden those political reasons go away if they play in India. Then PK becomes a friendly nation? India has a terrorism issue and its not safe especially for PK players. This has always been about money because India is addicted to money, greed and denying PK money. PK should ask to have its own security to protect its own players and ask for millions of dollars in compensation. If not just drop it and play Bangla or Ireland.

LOUDSPEAKER Nov 10, 2015 06:15pm

If India really wants to resume cricket series between the two countries, it has to be at some neutral place. Pakistan should never agree to play in India.

concerned citizen Nov 10, 2015 06:29pm

They want to play but want to play in India. Look at their meanness. India knows series with Pakistan is lucrative. So show tantrum to not play then arrange a series in India so that most of revenue is kept by India and Indian sponsors. The Hindu nationalist govt in India has created a very anti-Muslim sentiment and its not safe to travel for Pakistan team. Pakistan should show some self respect and refuse to play in India even if their govt relents.I think asking to show self respect is asking too much.

Dashing Nov 10, 2015 06:39pm

i think pakistan should not play in India it's only BCCI benefit

J.Y Nov 10, 2015 06:47pm

Pakistan should not play any bilateral series with India in India. If Indian Govt doesn't allow Indian team to play Pakistan in UAE or Pakistan, why would they allow to play this series in India. I see $$$ for BCCI. No need for Pakistan to go and play limited series in India.

Riaz Nov 10, 2015 06:48pm

Mr Njam Sethi was great suppoter big three,They are treating us like the way they treat muslim in India This offer is insulting. Mr Sethi where are you

shak Nov 10, 2015 06:55pm

once a chicken , always a chicken... This shows after all that money and advances by indian cricket, they are still scared that they will loose againsts pakistan. That's ok, Pakistan should show bigger heart and play anywhere they like... IA , we will beat them in their own homeground.

Who am I Nov 10, 2015 06:57pm

My appeal to all Pakistani players is to boycott playing in India if PCB agrees to that. The game if any must be played in Pakistan or Dubai. What is the issue with the BCCI playing in Dubai?

sam Nov 10, 2015 06:59pm

Being Indian, must say Pak team is better than Indian. Indian team is more gas less substance

Karan - Mumbai Nov 10, 2015 07:11pm

Playing in UAE is boring. look at the number of people coming to watch Pak vs England matches. We can actually count the number of people on TV.

PHILOSOPHER (from Japan) Nov 10, 2015 07:16pm

Really? this time we'r not interested in your offer.

Valar Morghulis Nov 10, 2015 07:17pm

Modi jee said: " Bhaiyon Bheno, Cricket ayi?" :) Unfortunately, this is not a sincere proposal from BCCI to revive Cricket. There mindset is still the same of bullying Pakistan and generate money. Moreover, India North or South, isn't safe for Pakistan Cricketers at the moment. Playing there is not a pragmatic option.

JHK Nov 10, 2015 07:19pm

Rubbish. This should stop now. Best response would be --- no response at all to this rubbish --- But here we are dealing with some selfish PCB personalities. PCB --- for once listen to people and put your self interest behind .

JHK Nov 10, 2015 07:21pm

@Gaurav Arya - no excuse --- UAE stands will fill with Pakistan and India odi and t20 matches --

Aman Hyder Nov 10, 2015 07:23pm

We should not goto India. It is our home series and should be played in UAE. We should not settle on their terms. Not playing in Pakistan is understandable but whats wrong with UAE?

Syed Nov 10, 2015 07:24pm

Its their turn to visit Pakistan or UAE,

JHK Nov 10, 2015 07:25pm

@Karan - Mumbai -- it should not concern you. Because it's Pakistans home series. What ever the revenue be.
However , we all know that Pakistan and India matches , especially Odis and t20 stands will be full even in Dubai. Don't compare crowds showing up for Pakistan / England test match -- to the crowds for Pakistan vs India odi and t20 series.

Haider Nov 10, 2015 07:33pm

I don't understand our beggar's mentality. Just because India is now open to playing a series with us, we should just jump on board and forget what's right and wrong? This is Pakistan's home series and should be played in the UAE. Not in India.

Why is the BCCI opposed to playing the series in UAE? Its safe enough for the English, Aussies, Proteas, KIWIs, Sri Lankans, and the West Indians. We need to remember that this is Pakistan's home series!

It isn't about just having series with India. It's about having a home series with India in UAE.

Thanks but no thanks BCCI.

Uday Kulkarni Nov 10, 2015 07:35pm

Shashank Manohar and Anurag Thakur should refrain from making unilateral proposals without firstly obtaining the necessary permissions from Indian home ministry to avoid unnecessary embarrassment for BCCI and most importantly avoid insult to PCB by later cancelling it saying sorry we did not get the approval. Why create unnecessary bad blood and false hopes? If an approval is obtained initially before making announcements then everyone will welcome it on both sides of the border

Arshad Patel Nov 10, 2015 07:44pm

Nope ! That day is not far when internatioanl cricket teams would abandon touring India due to the hostility . Pakistan should not jump to accept the invite. By not playing against India in recent years, India has lost the luster, Pakistan doesn't !

Salman Nov 10, 2015 07:44pm

They want to play on home ground and tailor made conditions with an aim to minimize the chances of defeat! How cowardly and spineless our neighbours can be?

Sarah Nov 10, 2015 07:46pm

Two things first India is unsafe to travel due to security situation arising out of shiv sena and 2nd there ranking in cricket is so low especially in Test matches,they don't help Pakistan in any way.

roonie Nov 10, 2015 07:49pm

Guys official statement from either boards.....Wait till we gets statements and than lets show our patriotism through the strokes of keyboards....

PakistanFirst Nov 10, 2015 07:49pm

Even if BCCI was to agree to a full-fledged series against Pakistan in Pakistan, we should reject their offer. Respect is something which triumphs everything and India does not respect Pakistan in any aspect.

Atif Nov 10, 2015 07:50pm

Why can't they come to use oh because they'll lose and it'll affect their ranking. Grow a Indian team and see if you can beat a team outside of India for once.

mani Nov 10, 2015 07:53pm

honestly speaking - pcb should reject this proposal. If India's excuse is that they have to play a series with another country right after pak-india, then thanks but no thanks.

if india can play 72 day series with SA and a longer series with another country, pak deserves better too.

AM Nov 10, 2015 07:57pm

A big fat NO if I was Sheryar Khan :(

anony Nov 10, 2015 08:16pm

PCB should say "No, Thank You". We should instead play against Australia , New Zealand and S.Africa. India is a spent force.

neutral man Nov 10, 2015 08:22pm

Pakistan has right to deny if they want to.

Faiz Khilji Nov 10, 2015 08:32pm

@Gaurav Arya No crowds in UAE for a match between India and Pakistan?? No my friend.. Just let it happen and you will see a house full in the ODIs and T20s. I think Sharjah is still haunting the BCCI and therefore they are afraid.

Riaz Nov 10, 2015 08:32pm

India show some respect and play on neutral ground.....I.e UAE, Indian supporters travel all,over so UAE is no issue. Besides even the groundsman is Indian so it will be home from home! The right thing to do would be to play in UAE!

Simple Man Nov 10, 2015 08:35pm

Pathetic behavior by BCCI. They continue to ruin cricket with school boy politics. Shameful attitude of PCB by begging for series to happen one way or another. They should protect the pride and honor of our nation.

BTW what is the problem in playing in UAE?

Ahmer Nov 10, 2015 08:43pm

PCB should tell BCCI to stop writing to it instead of sending such insulting communications.

Valar Morghulis Nov 10, 2015 09:05pm

@Uday Kulkarni appreciate your input. But I think they are playing too smart here. They cunningly placed the ball in PCB's court and want them to deny the tour so they can make excuse later on that even if Govt. would've agreed, PCB wouldn't have come. Secondly, if Indian Govt. agrees, they propose the series in India which is to profit BCCI. They'll once again try to lure PCB that future series will be possible in UAE/Pak but let's start from here, and BCCI can't do any better. It's cunning and disrespectful to the game. I wish we can put aside childish politics and something for the betterment of game can be worked out.

Jyotika Nov 10, 2015 09:08pm

@Israr no dear its all about money . . . playing pak in india will make them billions compared to playing pak in the UAE. same reason they want to play ODIs and T20s and not tests

G Mustafa Nov 10, 2015 09:13pm

Lets welcome it as a beginning , next will allow Pak players in IPL.

Abdul Karim Nov 10, 2015 09:15pm

Thank you India

Who am I Nov 10, 2015 09:16pm

@Singh Sardar Jee with all due respect play in Dubai. Let us see how brave you people are. All we understand is that India is scared to loose. Will it not be more shameful if India looses in India against Pakistan. It is better to loose away to Pakistan than in India. Just a neighborly suggestion Sardar Jee.

fawad Nov 10, 2015 09:17pm

Why should Pakistani play in a hostile country with security issues if Indians cant play in Pakistan?

Time for PCB to grow a pair and boycott playing in India until its safe .

HKN Nov 10, 2015 09:31pm

PCB could demand two-test series, one at any venue in UAE and the other at any venue in Northern India, in response.

hassan Nov 10, 2015 09:44pm

Too late. And not worth the risks.

PK Nov 10, 2015 09:51pm

PCB must say No to all peanuts that are offered against full series in Pakistan or UAE!

nooru52 Nov 10, 2015 09:56pm

Please dont go Pakistan and even dont go for T20 WC!

Zak Nov 10, 2015 10:17pm

Say NO! It's no more a game but sheer hate promoted by the government. Our players and fans will be in danger. Just stop it. We pakistanis are disgusted with the way PCB is making the nation ashamed by their grovelling behaviour.

Logical Nov 10, 2015 10:17pm

@Raja Ragu Raman Yes, requests to keep the promises that BCCI made.

Desi Bhai Nov 10, 2015 10:19pm

Let another "mauka mauka" series start!!

Desi Bhai Nov 10, 2015 10:19pm

Just chill and play cricket!

Sobiya Shafi Nov 10, 2015 10:25pm

@Ali Wadood don't take crumbs. refuse to play, if they want to play play in UAE or nothing. For God sake do not agree

Sivaram Pochiraju Nov 10, 2015 10:32pm

@Zahid : BCCI will guarantee certain sum to PCB as is the normal case. That's how PCB earns. UAE can never be said as home for PCB. Pakistani government and its military must make Pakistan completely free from terrorism, then everything will fall into proper place and sky is the only limit for Pakistan to progress provided politicians show the will for Pakistan's real prosperity. I am eagerly waiting for such good news when it happens.

azkhan71 Nov 10, 2015 10:46pm

Good initiative from BCCI. But after Shiv Sena's threats which are not less than threats from extremist groups in Pakistan, PCB should take a strong stand on the security of Pakistani players and only agrees to play matches in UAE.

Uday Kulkarni Nov 10, 2015 11:03pm

@Zahid - Pakistan will get a bigger share of advertisement revenues by playing in India. Simple . This is why every country wants to play with India no matter how good or bad India plays.

Who am I Nov 10, 2015 11:12pm

@Sivaram Pochiraju Dear Neighbor: Pakistan army is doing it's best to stop all cross border terrorism in Pakistan. We have provided all the facts about our neighbor's involvement inside Pakistan to the UN and to USA. Yes you are right Pakistan will touch the skies once the terrorism is out rooted. So be it by being a friendly neighbor. We welcome any peace initiative from India.

Cool Dude Nov 10, 2015 11:16pm

Pakistan should not agree to tour India. if India doesn't agree to tour UAE, Pakistan should boycott world T20 and ask other countries to join it. If other countries don't join pakistan in t20 boycott, pakistan should suspend all bilateral series with all those countries who participate in world t20.

kirther Nov 10, 2015 11:22pm

For safety reasons Pakistan must decline to visit India, a series with India is not as important as national prestige and safety of players. Pakistan Cricket Board must take a strong and bold decision to restore some sense of in their policies. NO to India.

Sam Nov 10, 2015 11:24pm

Pak authorities should reply like this to BCCI...thanks but no thanks, we not interested.

Shuaib Nov 10, 2015 11:29pm

BCCI has no intentions of playing Pakistan. They just covering basis for any legal action.

ali umair Nov 10, 2015 11:50pm

If PCB wants to re assure their (remaining) self esteem as a board and be a true represetative of this nation, then...

This series has to be in either UAE or Pak but due to time constraint it is understandable that no test can be played so agree on that.

Farhan Nov 11, 2015 12:06am

Either the BCCI should play a full test series as agreed or PCB should not even consider this request.

Jaggu Nov 11, 2015 12:08am

Play the series in Dubai or Abu dhabi or we'll boycott T-20 cup!

Humanity Nov 11, 2015 12:16am

weather the series happens in india or UAE, important thing is to start the stalled cricketing ties between two nations. Though , I would like to have a full fledged test series too in the itenary.

Saani Nov 11, 2015 12:26am

@Humanity no because they have an agreement to play Pakistan in their own grounds we played in India twice but India did not play us this way BCCI benefits from Pakistan where as Pakistan looses out on hundreds of millions each time we play inside India. They're only doing it because of PPL taking place in febutary nothing else. This is a sad pathetic game of BCCI to cause losses to Pakistan cricket financially...

Saani Nov 11, 2015 12:29am

@Uday Kulkarni we played in India twice now it's time India plays us in our grounds so Pakistan can get to promote cricket on their terms rather then strengthening BCCI financially....

Jawad Nov 11, 2015 12:30am

Answer to this proposal should be a NO, No, No and a Big No. We are done with India. We've done everything in our capacity to normalize relations but frankly after the treatment meted out to Pakistan blind team(they were served acid), Pakistan Women Team(they were forced to vacate their hotel and sleep in a sub standard hostel) and Pakistan administration is for entire world to see. Man you guys tried to kill our blind cricketer? So, no cricket with India. We did not attack Taj, the same militants trying to get us to fight did and we are actively killing them on our own.

Pandy Nov 11, 2015 12:44am

India should play in not playing they are just giving an impression that india is afraid to play pakistan in UAE. In fact india has the potential to win even in UAE because of similarity in conditions in india. It will also benefit pcb. Moreover cricket lovers.

Who am I Nov 11, 2015 12:44am

Answer to this proposal should be a NO, No, No and a Big No. We are done with India. We've done everything in our capacity to normalize relations but frankly after the treatment meted out to Pakistan blind team(they were served acid), Pakistan Women Team(they were forced to vacate their hotel and sleep in a sub standard hostel) and Pakistan administration is for entire world to see. Man you guys tried to kill our blind cricketer? So, no cricket with India. We did not attack Taj, the same militants trying to get us to fight did and we are actively killing them on our own.

Sonny Afridi Nov 11, 2015 01:03am

They have the watch we have the time. Set the date and time, Green Shirts will sort them out in their turf.

Shahid Akbar Nov 11, 2015 01:12am

If I were a decision maker, I will say, No.

Lahore Nov 11, 2015 01:27am

This will revive Pakistani cricket and bring much needed revenue. Instead of people complaining here where the matches should be or why no Test matches, First see the Indian cricket calendar of this year and be extremely happy that even ODI series can happen.

When there are no matches, we complain When there will be matches, we still complain....

czar Nov 11, 2015 01:39am

@m singh agree

Indian Nov 11, 2015 02:07am

Why there is so much of desperation to get this cricket series, am not able to understand who is going to benefit from this. If this is for pak cricket, it should be PCB who should be finding ways to help not BCCI .Indian cricket is not going to benefit what so ever. When there is so much of mistrust on all other fronts why bother playing, in normal situations also matches are played like war. This is not the right time to play.

PK Nov 11, 2015 02:28am

It is a positive development and both side should play.

Qaiser Ahmed Nov 11, 2015 02:40am

If they do not want to come to Pakistan to play than we should not go there to play. Furthermore, requiring governments permission to play with us, is simply pathetic.

Umer Salahuddin Nov 11, 2015 03:06am

Pakistan should refuse. The time is not suitable and under hostile attitude of India it does not worth to play with India.

shabut Nov 11, 2015 03:06am

BCCI offer just does not make any sense. If you can play a short series and that is too in India then why not play the already committed full series in UAE? Is BCCI trying to prove that Pakistani players will be safe in India by doing this ahead of a T20 world cup? Pakistan must not get into this trap. Either play a full series or don't play.

Seedoo Nov 11, 2015 04:13am

PCB should politely tell BCCI that the latter first needs to get permission from their respective government before making any proposals. It's a waste of everyone's time to discuss bilateral series that is dependent on the prevailing mood of the Indian government. Once the Indian government agrees, they can discuss bilateral series provided BCCI puts up money in escrow, where if they are to pull out at after the agreement, regardless of the reason, they will forfeit the money to PCB.

natey Nov 11, 2015 04:34am

cant the indian team live in india and on match day travel to lahore to play n then go back to hotel in india?

ZI Nov 11, 2015 04:57am

@Someone can't agree more on this. I am sure that is why they denied even travelling to UAE only to avoid test series. UAE is more safer than northern India, any reason for not playing in UAE? BCCI seems to be a political party rather than Cricket governing authority.

Pappy Nov 11, 2015 06:09am

@sikander shallwani ... I do it think you have no understanding of Indian political situation!!., If Bihar election has nothing to do. There are couple of elections every year... Modi will not get a single additional votes because of this decision . It is not BJP who is creating issues it is Shiv Sena and they have almost nothing to do with Bihar...

ajeem kham Nov 11, 2015 10:55am

I dont think pakistan should play in india. Instead india should play at a neutral venue. Otherwise we should demand damages from bcci

Komal S Nov 12, 2015 06:16am

@Cool Dude Ja right, please try it. Talk is cheap

Cool Dude Nov 12, 2015 08:34am

@Komal S That was sarcasm. I was also daring PCB to boycott because I know they can't do it.

Afzal Nov 12, 2015 11:24am

Please stop this drama.!!!!!!

Indian Reply Nov 12, 2015 12:19pm

@Osama Yes 50% revenue to PCB. Sounds like a good proposal to play in Mohali, Delhi and a match (if possible) in Lahore. Easy for Pakistani to travel through wagah and play in front of our own people.