New Delhi: Former Pakistan Cricket Board chief Shahryar Khan has said that India feels Pakistan is too dangerous to play cricket in. Speaking to CNN-IBN's Karan Thapar, Khan, however said he hopes the two countries can play cricket at least in neutral venues.
Shahryar Khan: We would like foreign teams to come and play against us after such a long time, but we also appreciate that if Sri Lanka can't come and they have just said that they are not able to come because of the security climate, then it is hardly likely that other teams will come. Maybe in a year or two years' time, we may be able to create a climate and assurances on security that would allow teams to come. I don't think India can come right now.
Karan Thapar: So Pakistan would be happy for cricketing contacts to be resumed in a third country?
Shahryar Khan: Yes in fact we would like it, if it is likely that the team would not be able to come to Pakistan, we would be happy to play these matches in a third country. Now there is a third alternative.
Karan Thapar: Which is?
Shahryar Khan: Which is that we convert a visit that is supposed to be, let us say India to Pakistan, we convert that by saying let's start cricket between the two countries, and instead of you coming to us, because you can't, because of security concerns, we will come to you.
Karan Thapar: And that would be acceptable to the cricket authorities?
Shahryar Khan: Well I hope so, so long as the financial arrangements can be worked out, that should be acceptable.
Karan Thapar: In which case how soon do you see a formal series between the two countries happening?
Shahryar Khan: Well I think we can start, may be we can't have a test series and a one-day series but we can perhaps fit in five one-dayers. I would say that if you have a slot, if India has a slot, and I know it's difficult, if you have four weeks, five weeks, we could play five one-dayers here in India, with Pakistan hosting.
Karan Thapar: This year?
Shahryar Khan: This year.