London: The Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Shaharyar Khan has said that the PCB has been working on a back up plan if India refuses to play the bilateral series in the United Arab Emirates in December

Shaharyar said from London in a TV interview  that he remained hopeful that eventually the series would go ahead as planned despite the ongoing tensions between the two countries.

"I am hopeful but yes we have started working on a back up plan which I can't disclose right now... we have spoken to some boards... incase the series does not take place in December. And we can't afford to leave this window unused," Khan said.

Khan said despite the negative statements coming from India in recent days after the Gurdaspur terrorist attack and more skirmishes on the LOC he still believed that sports and politics needed to be kept apart.

 "Our stance is clear cricket must be played between Pakistan and India despite the political conditions at a given time. In 1999, I was manager when we went to India to play a full series even though Indo-Pak relations at that time were tense," Khan who remained stationed in New Delhi as Pakistan's high commissioner during his diplomatic career said.

Khan saluted the Pakistan team and cricket for its spirit in producing good results despite the difficult conditions it had faced in the last many years.

"We have faced so many problems and yet we remain a top team and there is no doubt it is important for us and world cricket that Pakistan and India resume bilateral ties in December but we can only do our best not more than that," he noted.