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    "I don't see a bilateral series between India & Pakistan anytime in the near future" : Shahryar Khan

    Appointed as the Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board by a unanimous decision by the Board of Governors of the PCB in August 2014, Shahryar Khan stepped down at the end of his tenure in August 2017. During his reign as PCB supremo, the Pakistan Test team reached the Number 1 Test ranking in 2016 and won the Champions Trophy in 2017. He is also credited for his role in overseeing the successful setup of the Pakistan Super League in 2016.

    In an exclusive interview with PakPassion.net, Shahryar discussed his views on why he feels that the recently proposed FTP arrangement is beneficial from a Pakistan point of view, PCB's relations with the BCCI and the position of the Government of India vis-à-vis the matter of bilateral series with Pakistan and his sadness at the news that Afghanistan will play their first Test against India instead of Pakistan.





    PakPassion.net: Do you feel that the proposed FTP for the period 2019-2023 is beneficial to Pakistan’s interests?

    Shahryar Khan:
    I have absolutely no issue with the number of games which have been proposed in the FTP arrangement. This is basically a question of quality over quantity and we have chosen the right route for this. There have been some reports in newspapers that we have been awarded less games and this is supposedly a bad thing, but this is simply not the case. What they do not understand is that we may be playing less games, but we will be playing quality games with the best 4-5 teams in the world. Those with more matches as per FTP are playing a lot of their games against the much weaker teams whilst we have opted to play less games but with stronger teams. And of course, the quality of the opposition and the competitiveness of the games will also drive the revenues that we earn from such games. Our broadcasting revenues from games against opposition such as Australia, South Africa etc will be much better as compared to games against weaker opponents.


    PakPassion.net: Do you envisage an India and Pakistan meeting in a bilateral series any time in the near future?

    Shahryar Khan:
    The real reason behind the absence of India and Pakistan bilateral series is political and has nothing to do with either PCB or BCCI. In the current political climate, I really do not see any way in the near future that both teams will be able to play each other. The fact of the matter is that we have always been willing to play India anywhere but it's been the Government of India who have forced the BCCI to refuse to play us and there is not much we can do about that. I don't see a bilateral series between India and Pakistan anytime in the near future.


    PakPassion.net: Regardless of the political issues, do you feel that the BCCI are sincere in their efforts to play against Pakistan?

    Shahryar Khan:
    I know for a fact that they tried to convince their Government and explained to them that there would be a loss of revenue for both India and Pakistan. However, the Government of India has stuck by its stand that unless the political climate improves, there can be no resumption of cricketing relations between both countries. They will simply not allow it. But, I am hopeful for the future and hope things can change but at this time, there is no chance of any India-Pakistan cricket contact in a bilateral context. We will continue to play India in ICC tournaments as we did in the Champions Trophy and so on, but no Test or Limited Overs series will be played between the two countries in the foreseeable future.


    PakPassion.net: Do you agree with Ehsan Mani when he said that PCB’s compensation claim against the BCCI will have a negative effect on future relations between the two boards?

    Shahryar Khan:
    He is of course entitled to his own opinions, but I do not agree with that. The relations between the two boards have never been a problem. I will say it again, it’s the Government of India and their insistence on the improvement of the political climate which is the main hurdle between the two sides. It has nothing to do with our compensation claim which is really our right to exercise and we are doing that via the proper channels.


    PakPassion.net: Is the success of the PSL overshadowing the development of domestic cricket in Pakistan?

    Shahryar Khan:
    There is no doubt that the Pakistan Super League is a fantastic product and is helping our cricketers progress to the next level. It is also demonstrating to the world that cricketers from around the world can come and play in a Pakistan tournament without fear of security which will also encourage their boards to send teams as Sri Lanka have done recently. West Indies will also be sending their team to Pakistan in March as agreed so the advent of the PSL has had a positive effect. I look at the PSL as complementing and enhancing the image of our domestic cricket and something which is opening the doors for tours by foreign teams. That in turn will allow our domestic cricket to improve as well.


    PakPassion.net: You made some critical comments on the T10 format, do you still stand by them?

    Shahryar Khan:
    I have absolutely no qualms in saying that the T10 format is not the way forward and reducing overs in a cricket game is demeaning to the stature of this great game. The Twenty20 format has done well and is acceptable to all and undermining that by introducing a T10 format is tantamount to killing the goose that lays the golden egg.


    PakPassion.net: Does it bother you that Pakistan players are giving preference to leagues such as the BPL and the T10 league over domestic games?

    Shahryar Khan:
    Pakistan players playing in any foreign league when they should be participating in local competitions is completely unacceptable in my view. I believe that all Pakistan players should be given permission to participate in other leagues around the world without compromising on their ability to represent domestic teams in Pakistan which should be their first priority. Only once they have served their team’s interests in local competitions should they look to play elsewhere. This is crucial for the development and strength of our domestic game.


    PakPassion.net: How do you feel about the news that Afghanistan will be playing their inaugural Test match against India?

    Shahryar Khan:
    To be honest, I am not aggrieved but a little sad after hearing this news as it should have been Pakistan who played the first Test match with Afghanistan which would have been a historic occasion for both countries. In reality, this should have been the case and we had arranged for that, but their board took a very political and an unnecessarily aggressive line towards Pakistan which is completely uncalled for. Whilst we obviously wish the Afghanistan cricket team the best of luck as they embark on a new chapter of their cricket history, it is a rather sad to hear that Afghanistan will not be playing their first ever Test match against Pakistan.


    PakPassion.net: Does The Sun’s exposé on possible corruption in cricket point to a global problem in the sport?

    Shahryar Khan:
    If the reports are to be believed and they are being investigated by the ICC, then this is a serious issue which the world of cricket needs to take notice of immediately. And not only take notice, but also take a very strong line to stamp out this evil with tough measures. We, in Pakistan have already shown this in the way we handled the PSL spot-fixing scandal and demonstrated our will to tackle this problem head-on. I believe that the rest of the cricket world is also doing the same but I will reiterate that all boards must act as one to handle this menace.
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    Pretty obvious after PCB decided to take BCCI to court.

    Irrespective of who wins in court, PCB can pretty much kiss goodbye to the possibility of a series.

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    PCB should assume that there would be no cricket for the enxt decade. Dont even bring it up. Just get on with it,

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    What's new in that? We have heard the same comments over and over again for the last 5 years sadly.

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    Playing less games is such a bad thing, I swear it's so boring that we've not been playing much cricket and everyone else are playing more and more. Even Sri Lanka are playing more than us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Imy View Post
    PCB should assume that there would be no cricket for the enxt decade. Dont even bring it up. Just get on with it,
    Sure thing, the BCCI should compensate the PCB for the losses to the tune of $70 m and the PCB will get on with it without any problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExplicitAI View Post
    Playing less games is such a bad thing, I swear it's so boring that we've not been playing much cricket and everyone else are playing more and more. Even Sri Lanka are playing more than us.
    Its not good for the Pakistani players, playing against India is always a high pressure game and playing in an ICC tournament is always going to be more pressure on the players and the Indian players are constantly exposed to the top 4 teams of the world i.e. Australia, England, South Africa, New Zealand, play in the IPL every year, play in front of their home crowds

    95% of the times, Indian players will be calmer and 10 years ahead of the Pakistani players in International Cricket in these circumstances.

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    Former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Shahryar Khan has expressed disappointment over Afghanistan agreeing to play their inaugural Test match against India, stating that while the decision saddens him, it was also a result of their board taking an “unnecessarily aggressive line” towards Pakistan.

    After Afghanistan were elevated to be a part of the five-day format alongside Ireland earlier in June, they were looking for an opponent to start the ball rolling and a fruitful meeting between the two boards ensured that they take on the sub-continental giants in their inaugural game.

    Afghanistan will also be the fourth country to play their first Test against India. However, Khan said he felt that the neighbours should have instead opted to play the game against Pakistan.

    Speaking to pakpassion.net, Khan stated: “To be honest, I am not aggrieved but a little sad after hearing this news as it should have been Pakistan who played the first Test match with Afghanistan which would have been a historic occasion for both countries. In reality, this should have been the case and we had arranged for that, but their board took a very political and an unnecessarily aggressive line towards Pakistan which is completely uncalled for.”

    Earlier, the Afghanistan Cricket Board had called off all ties with Pakistan following a bomb blast in Kabul after the country’s intelligence bureau confirmed that the deadly attack was carried out by Pakistan-backed militants. “The ACB hereby cancel all kinds of cricket matches and initial mutual relationship agreement with the Pakistan Cricket Board,” the ACB had stated on its official Facebook page. “No agreement of friendly matches and mutual relationship agreement is possible with a country where terrorists are housed and provided safe havens.”

    Afghanistan were due to play both home and away fixtures against Pakistan, which has been a hotbed for terrorism in the recent past. “Whilst we obviously wish the Afghanistan cricket team the best of luck as they embark on a new chapter of their cricket history, it is a rather sad to hear that Afghanistan will not be playing their first ever Test match against Pakistan,” Khan added.

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/cricke...OBHWDi0gK.html
    Last edited by MenInG; 18th December 2017 at 05:40.


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    Former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Shaharyar Khan believes bilateral cricket against India cannot happen in the foreseeable future until the political climate of both countries cools down.

    The Octogenarian, while talking to PakPassion, clarified that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is not against the series, but they need the government of India’s approval to play Pakistan anywhere outside International Cricket Council (ICC) tournaments.

    “The real reason behind the absence of India and Pakistan bilateral series is political and has nothing to do with either the PCB or the BCCI,” he said. “In the current political climate, I really do not see any way in the near future that both teams will be able to play each other. The fact of the matter is that we have always been willing to play India anywhere, but it’s the government of India who have prevented the BCCI from playing against us and there is not much we can do about that.”

    Shaharyar then backed the BCCI for trying their best to convince the Indian government to play Pakistan. “I know for a fact that the BCCI tried to convince their government and explained to them that there would be a loss of revenue for both India and Pakistan. However, the government of India has stuck by its stand that unless the political climate improves, there can be no resumption of cricketing relations between both countries. They will simply not allow it.”

    However, the former diplomat believes things can change, but not in the near future.

    “I am hopeful for the future and hope things can change but at this time, there is no chance of any Pakistan-India cricket contact in a bilateral context,” he said. “We will continue to play India in ICC tournaments as we did in the Champions Trophy and so on, but no Test or limited overs series will be played between the two countries in the foreseeable future.”

    ‘PSL not hurting domestic cricket’

    Pakistan Super League (PSL) is gearing up for its third edition in 2018, and Shaharyar, under whose tenure the league took its first breath, believes it is not negatively impacting domestic cricket.

    “There is no doubt that the Pakistan Super League is a fantastic product and is helping our cricketers progress to the next level,” he said. “It is also demonstrating to the world that cricketers from around the world can come and play in Pakistan without fear of security, which will also encourage their boards to send teams as Sri Lanka have done recently. The advent of the PSL has had a positive effect. I look at the PSL as complementing and enhancing the image of our domestic cricket and something which is opening doors for tours by foreign teams. That in turn will allow our domestic cricket to improve as well.”

    https://tribune.com.pk/story/1586916...haharyar-khan/


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    India-Pak series not happening in near future: Shaharyar Khan

    Karachi [Pakistan], Dec 19 (ANI): Former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan has said he could not see bilateral series against India happening anytime soon as the political turmoil between the two countries continues.

    The 83-year-old stressed that though the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was not against the series, they require its government's approval to play against Pakistan anywhere outside International Cricket Council (ICC) tournaments.

    In 2014, both - BCCI and PCB - signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which stated that the two arch-rivals would play six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023.

    According to the 2014 agreement, India was scheduled to play six series against Pakistan, four of them were going to be Pakistan's home series.

    While the BCCI has repeatedly snubbed Pakistan's request for resumption of ties, the PCB wants its Indian counterpart to honour its commitment under the MoU signed, which is subjected to clearance from the Government of India.

    And Shaharyar admitted that absence of bilateral series between India and Pakistan is solely because of political tensions and that it has nothing to do with the cricketing boards of the two arch-rivals.

    "The real reason behind the absence of India and Pakistan bilateral series is political and has nothing to do with either the PCB or the BCCI. In the current political climate, I really do not see any way in the near future that both teams will be able to play each other. The fact of the matter is that we have always been willing to play India anywhere, but it's the government of India who have prevented the BCCI from playing against us and there is not much we can do about that," Pakpassion.net quoted Shaharyar, as saying.

    The former PCB chairman also called on its Indian counterpart to try their level best to convince their government to resume the cricket relations against Pakistan.

    "I know for a fact that BCCI tried to convince their government and explained to them that there would be a loss of revenue for both India and Pakistan. However, the Government of India has stuck by its stand that unless the political climate improves; there can be no resumption of cricketing relations between both countries. They will simply not allow it," he added.

    Shaharyar concluded by saying that he hoped things could change at some point of time, but he could not see India playing Test or limited-overs against Pakistan in the foreseeable future.

    "I am hopeful for the future and hope things can change but at this time, there is no chance of any Pakistan-India cricket contact in a bilateral context," he said.

    "We will continue to play India in ICC tournaments as we did in the Champions Trophy and so on, but no Test or limited overs series will be played between the two countries in the foreseeable future," he added.

    Despite not playing a full-fledged bilateral series against Pakistan since the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, the arch-rivals have played each other a number of times in the ICC events, with the most recent coming at the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy. Although, Pakistan did tour India for a short series in December, 2012.

    Pakistan was expected to generate bulk of revenue in these eight years by hosting India, but since BCCI denied playing the series in wake of tensions between the two countries, the PCB suffered huge financial losses due to it.

    Earlier this year, BCCI had rejected the PCB's demand for compensation for not honouring the MoU, saying that the MoU was not binding and also raised the issue of security problems in Pakistan.

    In May, the PCB had sent a legal notice to its Indian counterpart for failing to honour the MoU.

    Recently, the Najam Sethi-led board said that they would only approve the new Future Tours Programme (FTP), proposed by the International Cricket Council (ICC), after the dispute with India over resumption of bilateral series is resolved.(ANI)

    https://www.aninews.in/news/sports/c...2191320130002/

    http://www.sportstarlive.com/cricket...le21923829.ece

    https://dailytimes.com.pk/162873/pak...haharyar-khan/
    Last edited by MenInG; 19th December 2017 at 13:48.


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    Karachi [Pakistan], Dec 19 : Former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan has said he could not see bilateral series against India happening anytime soon as the political turmoil between the two countries continues.

    The 83-year-old stressed that though the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was not against the series, they require its government's approval to play against Pakistan anywhere outside International Cricket Council (ICC) tournaments.

    In 2014, both - BCCI and PCB - signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which stated that the two arch-rivals would play six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023.

    According to the 2014 agreement, India was scheduled to play six series against Pakistan, four of them were going to be Pakistan's home series.

    While the BCCI has repeatedly snubbed Pakistan's request for resumption of ties, the PCB wants its Indian counterpart to honour its commitment under the MoU signed, which is subjected to clearance from the Government of India.

    And Shaharyar admitted that absence of bilateral series between India and Pakistan is solely because of political tensions and that it has nothing to do with the cricketing boards of the two arch-rivals.

    "The real reason behind the absence of India and Pakistan bilateral series is political and has nothing to do with either the PCB or the BCCI. In the current political climate, I really do not see any way in the near future that both teams will be able to play each other. The fact of the matter is that we have always been willing to play India anywhere, but it's the government of India who have prevented the BCCI from playing against us and there is not much we can do about that," Pakpassion.net quoted Shaharyar, as saying.

    The former PCB chairman also called on its Indian counterpart to try their level best to convince their government to resume the cricket relations against Pakistan.

    "I know for a fact that BCCI tried to convince their government and explained to them that there would be a loss of revenue for both India and Pakistan. However, the Government of India has stuck by its stand that unless the political climate improves; there can be no resumption of cricketing relations between both countries. They will simply not allow it," he added.

    Shaharyar concluded by saying that he hoped things could change at some point of time, but he could not see India playing Test or limited-overs against Pakistan in the foreseeable future.

    "I am hopeful for the future and hope things can change but at this time, there is no chance of any Pakistan-India cricket contact in a bilateral context," he said.

    "We will continue to play India in ICC tournaments as we did in the Champions Trophy and so on, but no Test or limited overs series will be played between the two countries in the foreseeable future," he added.

    Despite not playing a full-fledged bilateral series against Pakistan since the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, the arch-rivals have played each other a number of times in the ICC events, with the most recent coming at the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy. Although, Pakistan did tour India for a short series in December, 2012.

    Pakistan was expected to generate bulk of revenue in these eight years by hosting India, but since BCCI denied playing the series in wake of tensions between the two countries, the PCB suffered huge financial losses due to it.

    Earlier this year, BCCI had rejected the PCB's demand for compensation for not honouring the MoU, saying that the MoU was not binding and also raised the issue of security problems in Pakistan.

    In May, the PCB had sent a legal notice to its Indian counterpart for failing to honour the MoU.

    Recently, the Najam Sethi-led board said that they would only approve the new Future Tours Programme (FTP), proposed by the International Cricket Council (ICC), after the dispute with India over resumption of bilateral series is resolved.

    https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscr...r-khan/1212612

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    Ex-Pakistan Cricket Board chief Shahryar Khan said that he is unhappy about Afghanistan’s National Cricket Team’s test against India, Pakistan media reported.

    Former Pakistan’s Cricket Board (PCB) chief Shahryar Khan has expressed disappointment over Afghanistan agreeing to play their inaugural Test match against India, stating that while the decision saddens him, it was also a result of their board taking an “unnecessarily aggressive line” towards Pakistan.

    After Afghanistan was elevated to be part of the five-day format alongside Ireland earlier in June, they were looking for an opponent to start the ball rolling and a fruitful meeting between the two boards ensured that Afghanistan will take on the sub-continental giants in their inaugural game.

    Afghanistan will also be the fourth country to play their first Test against India.

    However, Khan said he felt that Afghanistan should have instead opted to play against Pakistan.

    Speaking to pakpassion.net, Khan stated: “To be honest, I am not aggrieved but a little sad after hearing this news as it should have been Pakistan who played the first Test match with Afghanistan which would have been a historic occasion for both countries. In reality, this should have been the case and we had arranged for that, but their board took a very political and an unnecessarily aggressive line towards Pakistan which is completely uncalled for.”

    Earlier, the Afghanistan’s Cricket Board (ACB) had called off all ties with Pakistan following a bomb blast in Kabul after the country’s intelligence bureau confirmed that the deadly attack was carried out from Pakistan by insurgents.

    “Whilst we obviously wish the Afghanistan Cricket Team the best of luck as they embark on a new chapter of their cricket history, it is a rather sad to hear that Afghanistan will not be playing their first ever Test match against Pakistan,” Khan added.

    http://www.tolonews.com/index.php/bu...-against-india

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    Former chairman being realistic, current chairman being optimistic.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    Former chairman being realistic, current chairman being optimistic.
    The former chairman was party to the PCB efforts to have a bilateral series with India.
    Last edited by MenInG; 28th December 2017 at 07:51.

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    Will 2018 see a significant change in the Pak-India relationship as far as cricket is concerned


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Will 2018 see a significant change in the Pak-India relationship as far as cricket is concerned
    In what way? Do explain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Savak View Post
    Sure thing, the BCCI should compensate the PCB for the losses to the tune of $70 m and the PCB will get on with it without any problems.
    Where is the number $70M coming from? I see this number being bandied about in many reports, but no one explains where it is coming from.


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