Karachi: The chances of resumption of the Indo-Pak cricket series grew slimmer today after PCB chief Shaharyar Khan said that there was too little time left to oraganise the event. The joint statement issued by the two countries following discussions between Indian Foreign minister Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart Sartaj Aziz also made no mention of a possible cricket series between both the nations
Shaharyar said the Islamabad visit of Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj did not help in revival of the series, virtually hinting that the proposed series in Sri Lanka may not take place at all.
"We were hopeful that Sushma Swaraj's visit will make things better but it did not happen," he was quoted as saying by Waqt News.
"We wanted to play, but India did not respond positively. It is already too late to organise the series and we don't have time for the series anyway," he said referring to the proposed series in Sri Lanka where the teams were expected to play three ODIs and T20 internationals.
The PCB said that they are mulling legal options if the series is indeed cancelled.
"We will decide our future plan after analysing our options under legal aspects and consultation," he said.
Sri Lanka emerged as the host for the series between arch-rivals after India refused to play in UAE.
According to FTP, India and Pakistan are supposed to play six series between 2015 and 2023 with four to be hosted by Pakistan.
Pakistan and India have not played a bilateral series since 2007. India stalled cricketing ties in the aftermath of 2008 terrorist attacks on Mumbai, which were blamed on militants based in Pakistan. Pakistan, however, had toured India for a short ODI series in 2012.
However, if media reports are to be believed, Indian government could give a green signal to the cricket series between the two countries and an announcement in this regard may be coming soon.