The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), have announced that they have refused to host Pakistan’s ‘home’ bilateral series.
The BCCI, also stated that besides the political issues the two nations have, a commercial aspect was also part of the reason they refused to host the series.
BCCI president, Narayanaswami Srinivasan, confirmed that he met Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, Zaka Ashraf in Dubai over the weekend, but, gave no comment on the issue.
Speaking exclusively to MAIL TODAY, Srinivasan, said: “I did meet him in Dubai, but I have no comments to make on this.”
He also gave no comment on the long-standing discontinued talks between the two nations.
Pakistan, have not held an international series at home since March 2009, when gunmen attacked the Sri Lankan team, injuring a few of the players.
Since then, Pakistan, have had to host their home series in the UAE, or England.
One top BCCI official, who is aware of the discussions between Srinivasan and Ashraf, stated that apart from obtaining the government’s permission to host Pakistan, the board, at the same time, do not want any of the revenue generated from the series to leave India.
“Look at the meaning of hosting a ‘home’ series of Pakistan in India. It means that the income from the media rights of a Pakistan’s ‘home’ series would go to them, and not come to us,” the source said.
The source also said that Indian security personnel would have to take responsibility for the Pakistan players, and this would put a lot of pressure on them.
In the end, the source said: “We’ll get nothing out of it.”