Don’t mix sports with politics, Shahryar Khan urges India

Kolkata, Oct 1 (IANS) In the context of the uncertaintly over the India-Pakistan cricket series, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Shahryar Khan on Thursday urged India not to mix sports with politics and in turn deny spectators breath-taking action on the 22 yards.

“Politics should not be mixed with sports, both should be separate. Don’t deny the spectators and fans some wonderful cricket,” Khan told reporters here.

The PCB chief flew in to the city on Wednesday night to meet the family of the late Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Jagmohan Dalmiya.

The two countries were supposed to play a bilateral series in December, but political tensions between the two neighbours have made the tournament doubtful.

However, Khan said the BCCI should honour the six-series MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) it had signed with the PCB.

“We had signed an MoU with BCCI for six series between India and Pakistan. First of this series is scheduled in December. We also hope that BCCI honours the MoU we signed for these six series,” he said.

Khan, a former Pakistan foreign secretary, denied having said that if the December series do not go through, his country would boycott India in International Cricket Council (ICC) events.

“No, I never said anything about boycotting India in ICC events. But PCB is still waiting to know the future of the Indo-Pak series in December,” Khan said.

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