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Hopes of India-Pak cricket series are dying: PCB chief Shahryar Khan

Karachi: 10 Dec;PCB chief Shahryar Khan on Wednesday said that hopes of resumption of bilateral cricketing ties between India and Pakistan with a short series later this month are "dying" with too little time left to organise the big ticket event.

Shahryar said the Islamabad visit of Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj did not help in revival of the series.

"We were hopeful that Sushma Swaraj's visit will make things better but it did not happen," he was quoted by Waqt News.

"We wanted to play, but India did not respond positively. It is already too late to organise the series and we don't have time for the series anyway," he said referring to the proposed series in Sri Lanka where the teams were expected to play three ODIs and T20 Internationals.

The PCB said that they are mulling legal options if the series is indeed cancelled.

In Delhi, BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur said that they are still awaiting MEA's nod for the series.

"So far we have not got any communication from the MEA regarding the series. The BCCI has made it clear that we have a compulsion to play Pak as per the MoU," he said.

He also clarified his stance on the revival of cricketing ties. "As the BCCI Secretary, I will have to say that we have a compulsion to play Pakistan. The previous regime had signed the MoU with Pakistan. My personal view on the matter is different. I feel that we can't play cricket when soldiers are dying in the line of duty," Thakur said. 

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