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Pakistan remain on good terms with India in spite of ODI snub


Pakistan harbour no hard feelings against India even after the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) decision to reject an invitation from their desperate neighbours to play a three-match One-day International (ODI) series next month, the country’s cricket chief said on Wednesday.

Nasim Ashraf, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, said that the Indians had genuine reasons to decline the PCB invitation as their team is facing a hectic international schedule. “There is no reason to have hard feelings against the Indian board,” said Ashraf, who is currently in Kuala Lumpur to witness the ICC Under-19 World Cup.

“I mean, they tried their best to accommodate a series proposed by us but were unable to squeeze it in their hectic schedule,” he added.

The Pakistanis had requested BCCI to send their team across the border for three one-dayers in mid-March in a bid to make up for a delayed start to their home series against Australia that could end up being scrapped because of security fears.

The PCB, which has been making efforts to help promote BCCI’s Indian Premier League (IPL) in Pakistan, was very hopeful that the Indians will respond positively to their proposal. They even lined up the three ODIs in Lahore on March 14, 16 and 18.

But the PCB bosses were in for an unpleasant surprise when BCCI president Sharad Pawar informed them last Sunday that it was impossible for India to accept playing the series in March.

He instead assured PCB that India will play an ODI series in Pakistan anytime before this September’s ICC Champions Trophy. But that is not good enough for Pakistan, who are facing the possibility of a barren season because of fears that Australia might not send their team here for a series in March-April because of security reasons.

The way Pakistan were let down by India ignited stinging criticism from a few former Test players. Ex-Pakistan captains Javed Miandad and Moin Khan criticised the BCCI for refusing to play the proposed series.

The duo claimed that the Indian response was a result of the blatant manner in which the PCB had been towing their line on various issues including the controversial Indian Cricket League (ICL) and IPL standoff.

But Ashraf shrugged off such criticism saying that the PCB will continue to work closely with BCCI on several issues including the 2011 World Cup which the two South Asian rivals are to co-host with Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

Ashraf also said that the PCB also enjoys cordial relations with the International Cricket Council (ICC) and is hoping that the game’s governing body will help save its home season in case the Australians back out of the tour.

Source:Cricket News

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