LAHORE – In a letter written to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) expressed regret over the cancellation of talks between Shahryar Khan and Shashank Manohar.“We have received a letter from the BCCI expressing regret over what happened in Mumbai on October 19,” PCB Media Operations Director Amjad Hussain said.“PCB hopes the BCCI withstands the pressure of an extremist minority and honours the memorandum of understanding. There is still hope for a Pakistan-India bilateral showdown in December,” he added.The Indian board – in its letter – said that they have approached the Indian government for the approval of a bilateral series between Pakistan and India.PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan – along with a three-member delegation – visited India to discuss with BCCI President Shashank Manohar the future of Pakistan-India series as per the memorandum of understanding that was signed last year.
However, activists of Shiv Sena sabotaged the scheduled meeting at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, where around 40 to 50 individuals stormed the venue of the meeting prior to its start.The Indian Express said Shiv Sena workers shouted anti-Pakistan slogans ahead of a meeting between PCB and BCCI officials over resumption of cricket ties between the two countries. As a result, the BCCI cancelled the meeting, but it failed to contact the PCB delegation to take it into confidence about the next step.The two ountries have not played a full series against each other since 2007, though Pakistan toured India for a short series in December 2012. Last year, the Pakistan Cricket Board and the Board of Control for Cricket in India signed an agreement under which the two teams were scheduled to play six series in 2015-2023, but all were subject to clearance from New Delhi.