Rajeev Shukla, a senior official of Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) said that Pakistan first need to make their venues foolproof secure before inviting any team to play there, especially India.
“First you make your venues such where you can provide foolproof security. And for India, the security concerns are even more. How can we risk our players?” said Rajeev Shukla.
He further told that playing cricket against the arch-rivals Pakistan is subjected to government’s permission.
“Also BCCI’s stated position is that we need government permission. How can we proceed till we get government permission?” he added.
Shukla also talked about the legal notice that Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has served to India for not honouring the MoU signed between the two cricket boards. He told that only Zimbabwe has visited Pakistan during the period.
“They have sent a notice and we will give appropriate response. We have had a consistent policy that we will play on each other’s soil. Pakistan’s security situation is not such where you can have a series on their soil. Only Zimbabwe has played a series and no other countries are touring Pakistan because they are not being able to provide adequate security,” he added.
He was further questioned about playing on a neutral venue against the neighbouring country, where he responded saying both the boards should agree on it. He quoted example of India and West Indies’ two T20-match series in US, saying that the two boards were on the same page and it was not like India did not want to play in West Indies, they were just exploring US market
“That series [two Twenty20 Internationals] was played on mutual consent. We were exploring the US market. It was our series. It’s not because as if we couldn’t play in West Indies and played in the US. About playing Pakistan at neutral venue, the two boards should agree,” he said.
Shukla agreed that the MoU should be honoured, however, they need government’s support for that.
“I can assure you this is a subject on which government has to accord permission. BCCI has already written to government in March regarding out Futures Tours & Programmes (FTP). So unless we get permission from them, I can’t make a comment,” Choudhary said.
“Where it’s FTP between two countries, it’s a contract both will try to honour.”