Mumbai, Nov 19: The Indian cricket board has reasons playing against Pakistan in UAE (United Arab Emirates), according to Shashank Manohar.
Speaking exclusively over telephone from Nagpur for the first time on this issue, the BCCI chief Shashank Manohar said, "I am fed up with the statements made by Shahryar Khan (the PCB chairman). Everyday he is coming out with different reports. I have made it clear to him that Team India can play against Pakistan only in India".
"Yes, we have our own reasons to decline playing in UAE. We cannot reveal the same", he added.
When asked whether the BCCI would play against Pakistan for their home series in any other country, Shashank Manohar said, "It is a hypothetical question. As on now, we only want them to come to India for this bilateral series".
Apparently, the reasons for not playing in UAE are not revealed to Shahryar Khan also.
Not only the PCB officials but the officials in UAE also have no clue on it.
Mohammed Redha Abbas, the Dubai Cricket Council (DCC) vice chairman, when contacted in Dubai, says, "only the BCCI can say why they are reluctant to play here. They successfully hosted the IPL matches here and are aware about the facilities available in this country. The safety and security of the players are also known to them".
"The population of Indians is almost doubled than Pakistanis in this country. Why are they being deprived of seeing their players in action", Mohammed Redha Abbas, who was an ECB Executive Member and Chairman of the Selection Committee, wondered.
The final round of talks between the two boards-BCCI and PCB- may be held in Dubai later this week when Manohar is set to seek the charge of the ICC's chairman post.