NEW DELHI/LAHORE – The Pakistan Cricket Board and the Board of Control for Cricket in India have emergency plans in place for a short cricket series in Sri Lanka, the Indian media reported.
The delay in official sanction for the cricket exchange on neutral soil has not discouraged cricket administration in Pakistan and India to keep arrangements going for the series which includes five One Day International and two T20 matches.
A BCCI functionary quoted as saying that the eagerness to play the host by Sri Lanka has been a crucial factor in looking at the prospects with optimism. “We need clearance and the process would be put in motion. The past experience of organising things at a short notice would come in handy,” it said.
“In any case, the conditions in India and Sri Lanka are not much different and we feel the series can be pulled off provided the clearance comes in the next couple of days,” the official said. On the other hand, the Pakistan Cricket Board had obtained the permission from the federal government for the series.
A local TV channel reported that the governments in Islamabad and New Delhi are likely to announce bilateral series between Pakistan and India soon. “A formal announcement may be made either on Tuesday evening or on Wednesday,” it said. As planned, the short series will be played in Sri Lanka.
In Lahore, PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan said that no final decision has been made yet and the board was still waiting to hear back from the Indian government. “We expect to hear from the Indian government by Tuesday or Wednesday regarding their decision on the bilateral series,” he said.
“We want to thank the Sri Lankan government for the way they welcomed the initiative of a Pakistan-India series in their country, while England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Giles Clarke and the International Cricket Council also played important roles,” he said.