BCCI given ‘couple of days’ to confirm Pak-India series

LAHORE – After the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) gave another day’s extension to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Sunday, PCB Chairman Shahryar Khan said on Monday the board would wait for “another couple of days” regarding India’s final call to the proposed series against Pakistan.

Talking to reporters here at the PCB headquarters, Shahryar said Pakistan was still waiting for a reply from the Indian government regarding the proposed bilateral series. According to reports – he said – Indian’s Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj is expected to hold talks regarding the cricket series.

Commenting on Mohammad Amir’s performance, the PCB chief said he was impressed by Amir’s work. He – however – ruled out Amir’s selection for the national team, saying the pacer should change his attitude. He said both Mohammad Asif and Amir could not play first-class cricket until February.

The Pakistan-India series – planned to be played in Sri Lanka in mid-December – needs the Indian cricket board’s approval. A PCB official had said that if they do not receive a confirmation by Monday then the board would not have adequate time to make the required arrangements.

The BCCI had committed to play two Tests, five One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and two T20Is against Pakistan at the United Arab Emirates (UAE) or mutually-agreed venue in December 2015. The PCB had mooted the idea of the bilateral series taking place in Sri Lanka, after the BCCI showed apprehension about playing in the UAE, Pakistan’s adopted cricket home.

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