BCCI president Manohar meets Shaharyar to discuss India-Pakistan series

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Dubai, Nov 22: BCCI president Shashank Manohar, who is also the chairman of ICC, today met his PCB counterpart Shaharyar Khan at the ICC headquarters to discuss on the proposed series between India and Pakistan scheduled to be held in December.

ECB chairman Giles Clarke, who is also the 'Pakistan Task Force' Chairman, alonng with senior PCB official Najam Sethi was present at the meeting.

A file picture of Shashank Manohar

"PCB & BCCI officials had a fruitful discussion in ICC office Dubai facilitated by ECB's Giles Clarke who will field all questions in matter," Sethi later tweeted.

While the outcome of the meeting has not been known, the PCB chairman also termed it as a "fruitful" meeting.

"We had a fruitful meeting in which Sethi was there, Clarke was there as facilitator, it was a fruitful meeting and the decision is that Clarke will brief the media tomorrow," Khan told mediapersons.

"We have also decided that there will be no further briefing. I am not in a position to say more than this."

Earlier in the day, Manohar told The National newspaper that India have not received a reply from the PCB on a proposal to play the matches in India. "We want to play in India. That is the thing," Manohar said.

"Presently, we gave an option to Pakistan asking them whether they will come to India. Pakistan was to get back to me, they haven't got back to me. So I don't know what is the position."

"The matter is now political," Khan had said on Friday.

"Pakistan's PM Nawaz Sharif has directed us that any decision will now be taken by the government and not by the PCB."

Pakistan and India have not played a full bilateral series since 2007. They played a short limited overs series in 2012-13.

According to the MoU, both the boards had agreed to play six series between 2015-2023, with four series to be hosted by Pakistan. With the time running out, it could be a shortened series with a single Test match followed by a couple of T20 Internationals and three ODIs.

The BCCI has also said that there are game playing in a neutral venue like Sri Lanka or Bangladesh, rather than UAE which has been a "No" as far as the BCCI is concerned.

PTI

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