Islamabad Would Prevent Pakistan From World Twenty20

KARACHI: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shahryar Khan said on Saturday that if India turn down a proposed series in December then it would be possible that Islamabad would prevent Pakistan from featuring in next year’s World Twenty20.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has called on India to honour a Memorandum of Understanding under which the arch-rivals agreed to play six series from 2015-2023 – pending clearance from both governments — the first of which is this year in the UAE.

Asked if the Pakistan government would prevent their team from playing in the World Twenty20, which India hosts from March 11 to April 3 next year, Shahryar said: “This is possible that if India close all doors then we have to decide and make a policy.”

“We will have to take advice from the Pakistan government and I think the government will say don’t go in the event.”

Shahryar said that if such a situation arose then Pakistan would be ready to forfeit their matches in the World Twenty20, organised under the International Cricket Council (ICC).

The PCB chairman’s statement comes after Hindu right-wing party Shiv Sena activists stormed the Mumbai office of BCCI, ahead of his meeting with Indian authorities. Further, following the incident, the ICC withdrew Pakistani umpire Aleem Dar from the India-South Africa series.

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