The workplace of the Worldwide Cricket Council (ICC) and the Dubai Cricket Stadium are inside strolling distance of one another on the town. Nevertheless, Shashank Manohar, the brand new ICC chairman, additionally the president of the Board of Management for Cricket in India (BCCI), and Shaharyar Khan, the Pakistan Cricket Board chairman, nonetheless could not discover the time to satisfy one another to debate the potential for an India-Pakistan collection.
“The assembly didn’t happen just because there was no intent,” a extremely positioned supply informed TOI. One other official within the know of issues stated: “Mr Manohar went about his duties taking cost on the governing physique on Saturday (November 21) and Mr Khan shall be taking a flight to Pakistan on Sunday morning.”
Earlier than boarding the flight to UAE, Manohar had made it very clear that there was no probability of India enjoying within the gulf nation. His assertion got here at a time when Shahryar was busy elevating the query: “Why cannot India play within the UAE when England, Australia and all different nations have agreed to play right here.”
Manohar’s reluctance to play in UAE, say sources within the know, stems from a deep-rooted thought that the venue shouldn’t be protected for the sport. The Nagpur-based mostly lawyer’s was one of many strongest voices to oppose the shifting of the Indian Premier League (IPL) to UAE final yr on the identical grounds and he had made this recognized to the BCCI administration then.
“His view hasn’t modified in any respect. So there is no query in any way, of India enjoying in UAE. The truth is, had the safety state of affairs in Pakistan not plummeted (publish the Lahore assaults), I do not assume India would’ve had any issues enjoying in Pakistan. Have not we completed it twice up to now?” an official stated.
Manohar feels UAE’s fame as a cricket-enjoying venue (when Sharjah would host matches), had taken a critical beating years in the past and there is completely no purpose to start out believing that it’s any totally different now. “That’s the reason he was a lot towards IPL being performed in UAE final yr,” the official added.
These developments got here quickly after IPL governing council chairman Rajiv Shukla stated: “Pakistan must develop protected venues as an alternative of agreeing to play in UAE.”
Sources near Manohar say he has no issues in India and Pakistan enjoying. Nevertheless, he strongly feels that “it can’t occur by pushing apart critical considerations”.