India to play against Pakistan else lose points at ICC

India to play against Pakistan else lose points at ICC

LAHORE: Chairman, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Najam Sethi has made it clear to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that they have to play against Pakistan, or otherwise they will lose the ranking points.

Addressing a press conference here at the Gaddafi Stadium on Wednesday after the PCB governing board meeting, Sethi said: “Either the BCCI will have to let their team play against Pakistan or forfeit, in case the teams are drawn against each other in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test Championship. They also have to lose precious points.”

There were reports in Indian media on Wednesday that the BCCI representatives met Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore to discuss the possibility of resuming cricketing ties with Pakistan. When Sethi was pointed out towards this, he said he has not received information regarding any progress made on the other side of the border.

“I have not received any official information but to be honest, I don’t think India have a lot of choices,” said Sethi. “Either they will play us or they will forfeit and we will get the points. I don’t think any team has a third option.” The PCB chairman then explained why the announcement of the schedule for the third edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) has been delayed.

“The schedule was ready, but the delay took place because Dubai and Abu Dhabi want more matches in the third edition. Therefore, we had to withhold the schedule as our team is going to the UAE to discuss possible solutions.”

Sethi also claimed that all the foreign players are willing to travel to Pakistan to play the PSL-3 matches to be held in the country. “All the players have agreed to come to Lahore. There are a few, who are reluctant about coming to Karachi, so we have planned a second draft.”

The PCB chief said the renovation of Karachi’s National Stadium for the PSL-3 final will be completed in February.