LAHORE - Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar M Khan Monday said that the Pakistan-India bilateral series, to be held at the neutral venue of UAE in December this year, solely depends on the clearance from the Indian government.

Talking to the reporter here at the Gaddafi Stadium, Shaharyar said: “During the recent meeting with the BCCI officials in Dubai, they assured us that they were still committed to the MoU they signed with us last year to play a total of six series until 2022. But they have said that they will have to get permission from their new government to play the series. “We have assured them off our full cooperation in this regard as we believe politics and sports should be kept apart.”

He also made it clear that Pakistan would also seek the Indian government’s permission and assistance in making the series possible. “It is a very important series for us from every point of view and it will help us boost our financial position. We will do our best including talking to our government to ensure that the Indian board is also allowed to confirm the series,” he added.  Shaharyar also explained Pakistan’s apparently tough posture on touring Bangladesh in April-May only if the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) agrees to share 50 per cent of the revenues with the them and also committed to sending their U-19 and A teams to Pakistan. “We have made our demands because Bangladesh was to tour Pakistan in 2012 but didn’t come so technically, it is our turn to play hosts. That is why we have informed the Bangladesh board officials off our stance,” he said.

“If they want to host the next series, they must share some revenues with us because we have still to be compensated for the 2012 series which was cancelled by them,” the PCB chief added.

He said the PCB had also informed the ICC executive board members off the steps it had to ensure early resumption of international cricket in Pakistan.

 “We are also going to hold a meeting with all ambassadors of the cricket playing nations in Islamabad to give them a full briefing on the security measures we will adopt for touring teams.

“Our aim is to provide the best security cover for touring teams and we want to reduce any travelling time by also providing them five-star accommodation and facilities at the national stadium itself,” Shaharyar concluded.