Kolkata: Pakistan Cricket Board chief Shahryar Khan on Thursday said they are open to ‘options’ ranging from boycotting ties with India to demanding compensation if the BCCI fails to honour the MOU, signed between the two boards of playing a bilateral series in December. (PCB to discuss December series With India at ICC meet)
But Shahryar said he is still hopeful of the series taking place in December and would meet BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur in a week’s time to decide on the fate of the rubber that is hanging in limbo in the wake of the current political tensions between the two countries.
“I received a reply from Thakur that we well meet in Dubai and we will probably decide what is to be done. The final decision of course lies with the Government of India,” the PCB chairman told reporters after paying his tribute to the late Jagmohan Dalmiya, who passed away here on September 20.
“In spite of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), if the BCCI does not honour its own signature then we’ll see what is to be done. If they don’t honour it (MOU) for political reasons we have options open to us. We will suffer financial and other losses.
“Boycott is an extreme option but of course it’s an option. I never used the term ‘boycott’, you people know me and I am not one to give warnings and threats. But it’s surely a thing that if you don’t accept your signed agreement then definitely I’ll demand for compensation,” he said. “The series is an agreement but if it does not happen, it’s a reasonable thing to demand compensation.”
Still hopeful of the series happening, an optimistic Shahryar said PCB will keep ICC aware of the development and call for their suggestion.
“Now we still have some hope that the series will take place. We will cross the bridge when it comes but I feel BCCI should honour the agreement,” he said.
The BCCI secretary is likely to meet Shahryar on the sidelines of the ICC meeting in Dubai from October 8-13.
India are scheduled to play two Tests and five ODIs and two T20Is in Pakistan’s adopted home venue of UAE beginning in December.
The PCB chairman also said that he would give a reminder about the MOU to BCCI presidential candidate Shashank Manohar, who is likely to be elected at its SGM in Mumbai on October 4.
“I will remind him that BCCI has signed an MOU and is he going to honour it or not…that’s the basic issue. I have a high regard for him (Manohar). I hope when I am in Delhi I will congratulate him in advance and will assure him of my cooperation,” Shaharyar said.
India, who had stopped cricketing ties with Pakistan in the wake of the 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attacks in 2008, had signed an MOU to play six series under the 2015-2023 Future Tours Programme (FTP), subject to clearance from the Government of India.
Shahryar and his wife Minnoo called on the Dalmiyas at their 10 Alipore Road Residence and fondly remembered the former BCCI president who passed away after a massive cardiac arrest last month.
Remembering Dalmiya as a ‘friend’ of PCB, Shaharyar said: “I have come to Kolkata for the sole purpose of paying my last respect to the family of Jagmohan Dalmiya who not only was a personal friend but I believe he was a friend of India and Pakistan cricket boards.”