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No hope left for Pakistan-India series now: Shaharyar

LAHORE: Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Shaharyar M Khan on Wednesday said the chances of a Pakistan-India cricket series are almost over since the time is already running out for making arrangement for the high-profile contest.

Expressing disappointment at no mention of the cricket series in the high-profile meeting of Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj with Prime Minister Nawaz Shairf and other top govt dignitaries in Islamabad, Shaharyar said the prospects of the much-awaited cricket series have as good as disappeared.

Talking to some private TV channels on Wednesday evening, Shaharyar said it was unfortunate that nothing positive came out on the series during the key meeting in Islamabad and added that this has effectively ended all hopes as there is not sufficient time left for making arrangements for the series.

However, speaking to another TV channel later on, Shaharyar said a final decision on the series could be taken on Thursday.

It may be mentioned that the PCB as well as the cricketing circles in Pakistan had been pinning hopes on the Swaraj meeting with top Pakistan officials for a good news to emerge on to the cricket series. However, everyone was left disappointed when both the foreign ministers avoided to answer the question about the series in the presser that followed.

The two cricket boards had signed several MoUs for the series early last year under then PCB chairman Najam Sethi who had cast a vote in favour of Big Three in the bargain. It is lamentable, however, that India has shown little regard for those MoUs and for the world cricket governing body ICC and continues to defy all ethics and norms by unabashedly dictating its own terms in the matter.

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