PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan issues threat about Pak participation in World T20
Karachi: Terming the treatment meted out to him in India as "disappointing", Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Shaharyar Khan today issued a veiled threat that the PCB will "have to review security situation" regarding its team's participation in the World T20 early next year.
Khan, who returned home from India after failing to meet the top brass of the BCCI, asked the Indian Board to make its intentions clear about the proposed series in December in a week's time or else the PCB will take a call regarding its team taking part in the World T20.
India will host the World T20 next year in March-April. "We will wait and see for next week or so. Once we know the stance of BCCI we will decide. We will cross the bridge when we come to it. But we will have to review the situation about security for Pakistanis in India as our team also has to go for the World T20," Khan told a press conference in Lahore.
He said already the ICC President Zaheer Abbas had raised concerns that if the current situation persisted in India, then there would be issues of guarantee of safety for players and officials in the World T20.
Khan, however, stopped short of ruling out any chances of the two countries playing the bilateral series in December in the UAE.
"Pakistan has always believed that politics and sports should be kept apart. We have tried to have this series because I know from experience cricket does help in some way to heal wounds and ease tensions between the two countries. We want to play India for cricket not for money," he said.
"We have not played them for last eight years and we have done well. So it does not make that much of a financial difference to us. Let us say if the series is held in December it will be a bonus for us," he added.
The career diplomat said the PCB would be writing to the ICC and the BCCI to register its displeasure over the way the PCB delegation was treated in Mumbai and New Delhi.