UAE series: India will reply to PCB in October: BCCI vice-president

DUBAI: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) vice-president TC Mathew said that India has not really rejected the idea of Pakistan-India series in December and the reply on the series is expected in October.


Mathew, who was in Dubai on Friday at the opening of the Kricket’s Spearo Academy told Sports website: “Look, it’s only September and the series is scheduled in December so maybe in October they could make a call.”

Former India team manager reiterated Pakistan’s stance saying that sports and politics should be kept separate and the venue for the series, the UAE, is ideal.

“Personally speaking, I’m against bringing politics into sports and we have to treat sports separately from politics. The India-Pakistan cricket ties is always a welcome move and the people of India and Pakistan want to see their national teams play against each other.

“As a cricket fan, I’d love to watch India-Pakistan series and the UAE is an ideal venue because a lot of Indian and Pakistanis live in this country.”

Mathew added that BCCI is awaiting government’s permission on the series.

“We are waiting to get permission from the Indian government but only BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur and president Jagmohan Dalmiya are involved in the discussions.”

Earlier, on Friday, Pakistan T20 captain said that if India is not ready to play the aforementioned series with Pakistan then the PCB should stop pushing for it.