Never claimed to boycott WC T20 in India, says PCB chief

New Delhi, Oct.20 (ANI): Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shahryar Khan said on Tuesday that he had never threatened to boycott 2016 T20 World Cup in India, adding that he will although evaluate different options following the BCCI’s decision on India-Pakistan bilateral series, to be held in December.

“I never said I will boycott. I never used the word of boycott. Once we have a clear idea that India is not coming which seems to be a case then we will see all the options. We will look at them. What we want to do should be good for cricket,” Shahryar told media here.

Shahryar came to the city to attend the BCCI meeting about the planned India- Pakistan series, but it was eventually cancelled following Shivsena’s protest outside the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai.

Reflecting his views on the same, Shahryar admitted that he is no longer optimistic about the series and said that now there will be no meeting from his side.

“I am not optimistic now after what has happened because obviously there are certain pressures that are working and that means that one cannot be optimistic. I would have liked the series taken place. The chances are very low frankly now,” he said.

“I am now going home because it is very clear that they have pressures here that are preventing the BCCI from taking a particular position. There will no more meeting. Since the BCCI has not got in touch with me since yesterday I planned no further meeting,” the 81-year-old said.

Earlier, the ICC president Zaheer Abbas also expressed his fear for Pakistan players’ security during next year’s World T20 in India citing Shivsena’s protest.

According to the MoU signed between the PCB and the BCCI, both countries are scheduled to play six series under the 2015-2023 Future Tours Programme, subject to clearance from the Indian Government.

India has not played a full bilateral Test series with Pakistan since 2008 when the Mumbai terror attacks took place. (ANI)

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