Uncertainty looms over Pakistan-India women’s cricket series

Latest Update: October 17, 2016 | 158 Views

The series scheduled to be played between India and Pakistan’s women’s cricket teams remains in doubt as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has not responded to Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) queries on the series since May with a confirmation or rejection, cricinfo reported.

The two teams have till the end of October to play the series, which counts towards ICC Women’s Championship points.

If the series is not played the matter of how the points will be awarded will be referred to the event’s technical committee, a spokesperson from the International Cricket Council (ICC) told an International cricket news website.

“The two sides have until the end of this month to play the series, which has to be hosted by Pakistan,” the ICC spokesperson said.

“If the series doesn’t go ahead, then the matter will be referred to the Event Technical Committee,” he added.

Pakistan is due to host India for this series, which is supposed to consist of three ODIs, however, the PCB is open to holding the series in the UAE.

A BCCI official said the board has not made a decision on the matter yet, and that it would be binding on the Indian government’s call.

“This is for the government to decide. The BCCI doesn’t have a say in this,” the official said.

“We still have time to make a decision,” he added.

The PCB wants India to forfeit the six points available for the series if they do not agree to play.

In the ICC Women’s Championship, India currently sit sixth on the table with 13 points five points adrift of thetop four. Pakistan are seventh with eight points. If the six points for the series are awarded to Pakistan, neither side will have a chance to directly qualify for the World Cup.

Cricketing ties between India and Pakistan are currently stalled, given the political tensions between the neighbours.

The men’s teams have not played a bilateral series against each other since December-January 2012-13, when Pakistan visited India, but have met in various multi-team tournaments since then, including the World Cup, World T20, Champions Trophy and Asia Cup.

Pakistan Womenare set to tour New Zealand for three ODIs in Nelson from November 13 to 17, counting towards the championship. It is understood the PCB wanted to play the India series ahead of this tour.

India and Pakistan’s women’s teams are also scheduled to play the Asia Cup in Thailand between November 25 and December 5.


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