NEW DELHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Shaharyar Khan said the prospects of a India-Pakistan series in December looked extremely bleak after the events that transpired at the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) headquarters in Mumbai.
Shaharyar, talking to reporters in Indian capital New Delhi on Tuesday, said: “I am disappointed with the attitude shown by the BCCI.”
“I am no more optimistic about a bilateral series taking place between India and Pakistan,” he added.
The drama began on Monday when the PCB chief Shaharyar Khan was due to meet his Indian counterpart Shashank Manohar.
Manohar had invited Shaharyar to discuss the prospect of a bilateral series between the two countries. But before the meeting could start some workers of Shiv Sena stormed into the building protesting the PCB chief’s visit and shouting anti-Pakistan slogans.
Mumbai has traditionally been a stronghold of Shiv Sena and the party has in the past, too, protested against the participation of Pakistani players.
Earlier today, India’s failure to provide security to Pakistan’s commentators and match officials, following Shiv Sena’s hooliganism, forced Wasim Akram and Shoaib Akhtar to quit the ongoing India-South Africa series and head home early.
The development came a day after the International Cricket Council (ICC) withdrew Pakistan’s Aleem Dar from officiating in the rest of the India-South Africa series after threats from far-right political group Shiv Sena.