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Shaharyar hopes his 'good relations' with BCCI helps bilateral ties

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September 3, 2014

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Shaharyar Khan speaks to the press after resigning as chairman of the PCB, Lahore, October 7, 2006
Shaharyar Khan: "I intend to talk to the BCCI soon about the Champions League, IPL and bilateral ties" © AFP
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Shaharyar Khan, the chairman of the PCB, has said he will attempt to use his good relations with the BCCI to aid the resumption of bilateral ties with India at the earliest.

Shaharyar, a career diplomat who was posted as Pakistan's high commissioner in Delhi and also was foreign secretary, said he had always enjoyed good relations with the top officials of the BCCI. "Whether it is Jagmohan Dalmiya, the late Raj Singh Dungarpur or Srinivasan, I have good relations with them and I will soon talk to them about Indo-Pak cricket relations," he said.

Shaharyar said he was keen to talk to the BCCI about Pakistan players' participation in the IPL as well. "We have been caught up in [the internal] affairs of the Pakistan team, but I intend to talk to the BCCI soon about the Champions League and the participation of our players in the IPL and restoration of bilateral ties," he said.

He said that no matter what the relations were between the two countries at the diplomatic and political level, relations between the two boards had always been good.

Talking about Pakistan cricket, Shaharyar said while he personally didn't agree with the concept of having a 10-member support staff with the team - as it did in Sri Lanka, where it lost both the Tests and the ODIs - it was a decision taken by his predecessor, Najam Sethi.

"I have my personal opinion and I believe it is not right to change a decision so quickly, but I will be discussing this aspect with the team manager, Moin Khan, and also had a talk with head coach, Waqar Younis about it. Maybe on the next tour we might have changes."

Shaharyar also said that the board was considering not allowing its employees to hold dual roles, but made it clear that as far as Moin's role as manager and chief selector was concerned, no decision would be taken in haste.

He also said he didn't believe that pressing the panic button on the basis of one bad series. "I know everyone is disappointed with the team's performances in Sri Lanka and some of the criticism is justified, but we have to be sensible and remember that just a few months remain before the World Cup."

Shaharyar said he was applying this same rule to the captaincy of Misbah-ul-Haq also. "We can't remove him on basis of one series and we have to wait and see what happens in the coming matches. Decisions should only be taken with a cool and logical mind."

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Posted by   on (September 6, 2014, 11:59 GMT)

For get indo pak series on winning the world cup, become champions and teams will come to play themselves.

Posted by xylofon on (September 4, 2014, 7:14 GMT)

Certainly domestic cricket must be a priority for PCB but sure that doesnt mean we cant meet India in Pak-Ind series? There is room for both.

Posted by   on (September 3, 2014, 17:10 GMT)

Don't think any Cricket Board in the world is your friend, recently you can see PCB standing alone in profit & power sharing decision in ICC & Bangladesh behavior about Pakistan Tour so please put your all energy to make Pakistan Cricket Team un defeat able and win world cup of 2015 then all Country Cricket Team wants to play with Pakistan Cricket Team.

Posted by   on (September 3, 2014, 15:56 GMT)

stop worrying about pak india matches first internal matters of pak.cricket such as fielding, batting, bowling and be consistence.

Posted by xylofon on (September 3, 2014, 15:26 GMT)

Nice words@vish57! Certainly good ties with between the boards is good for cricket in both countries.

A proper series in India would be an excellent warm up for WC but it probably wont happen that easily.

One thing: why doesnt England invite India, Pak and Bang to England for a series every year? I dont get that. Revenue, cricket fame and everything would come together.

It would be packed beyond limitation for sure.

Posted by   on (September 3, 2014, 15:20 GMT)

PCB may think that it has good relations with BCCI and it would help revive cricket ties and restore bilateral matches. I believe that majority of Indian public is opposed to it and the New Government in Delhi is opposed to it. I believe it would very difficult to see Cricket ties between the two countries.

Posted by Cric_Janbaz on (September 3, 2014, 11:16 GMT)

Will Lahore Lions be there in the CL T20 qualifiers??? That's Mr. Khan's first test before revival of Pak-India series

Posted by vish57 on (September 3, 2014, 9:35 GMT)

As an Indian cricket lover, we always look forward to India-Pakistan matches; Pak cricketers are indeed bunch of raw talents and we enjoy their fighting spirit in the game of cricket. BCCI is under deep turbulence, definitely by this year end new BCCI team will be cordial to Pak board. Pakistan Player participation in IPL is always a treat to watch, individuals should not be discriminated based of region. Security of Pak player is at par with any other foreign cricketer and the team should take care of it. Let India and Pak exchange "A' team tours in select venues of both countries.

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