Lucknow: Retaliating to PCB Chief Shaharyar Khan’s recent remark claiming to boycott India in the ICC organized tournaments if BCCI doesn’t schedule a bilateral series between India and Pakistan in December in UAE, IPl Chairman Rajeev Shukla said PCB will have to have to pay the price for the same.
Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Shaharyar Khan on Friday was heard saying, “If the Indian Cricket Board officially backs out of the series in December, then we have the option of boycotting all matches against them in ICC and ACC events.”
“Is this statement of Shaharyar Khan a threat to the BCCI or the ICC?,” asked Shukla.
“PCB is bound by the rules of the ICC, if it backs out it will have to bear the fine,” he said at the ‘Hindustan Shikhar Samagam’ on Saturday.
Remarking that there is no country in the world which wants to play in Pakistan, Shukla asked Shaharyar Khan if they can guarantee the security of Indian players.
“I want to make an appeal…can you (PCB) guarantee the security to the players in its country? Because of security concerns, leave alone England and Australia, even Bangladesh team does not want to go there,” Shukla said.
Finally quashing all the requests of PCB of holding a Cricket series in December, Shukla said, “After finalising the Cricket series with Pakistan, we will go to the Government for permission. But before that there are a number of issues that have to be resolved, so there is no chance of a series in December.”