The Pakistan cricket team travelling to India for a bilateral series is out of the question, Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Shahryar Khan asserted on Monday. BCCI president Shashank Manohar had invited Pakistan’s team to play the series in India in December. While BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur had said that the Indian government may not permit India to play Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, Khan said there had been no explanation offered.
“I am still awaiting the reason of not playing in UAE," Khan told ESPNcricinfo, pointing out that UAE had hosted the first leg of Indian Premier League’s 2014 edition. UAE has been acting as Pakistan's home venue since the 2009 terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team.
PCB fears the loss of $50 million if the series was to be held in India. BCCI, however, had reportedly offered PCB revenue share from the broadcasting rights and a participation fee. According to the MoU signed in 2014 between the two cricket boards, Pakistan were to host India for a home series comprising two Tests, five ODIs and two Twenty20s.