Muhammad Asif Khan
Karachi: After the resentment expressed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Sheharyar Khan over the treatment, he received, during the India trip, the much talked about the series between Pakistan and India looks like a distant dream, however a high ranking official of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Rajiv Shukla still hopes the bilateral series is a possibility. “We did invite the PCB chairman Sheharyar Khan however the situation erupted in Mumbai changed the scenario completely however I am still hopeful of the resumption of the dialogue process between the two boards on the matter”, said Rajiv Shukla, while talking to this correspondent for News One TV
“After the ongoing series between India and South Africa, the BCCI will seek fresh directives from the government and only afterwards the window for the Indo-Pak talks could be determined”, added Shukla, who is also the chairman of the Indian Premier League.
The BCCI official also spoke highly of Sheharyar Khan’s stature and feels him as a fitting person to give impetus to the efforts for bilateral cricket revival. “Sheharyar Khan has a clout in India and he is known by the cricket as well as political circle. I think he has the ability to carry forward the dialogue process in a positive direction”, said Rajiv Shukla
The chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, Sheharyar Khan toured India earlier this week however his scheduled meeting with the Indian counterpart was postponed indefinitely due to the unrest at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai.
Sheharyar Khan also expressed unhappiness over the treatment meted out to him, during his stay in India, which he described as disappointing.
The writer is a sports journalist in Pakistan, heads the sports department at News One TV & tweets @mak_asif