The PCB said in a press release on its website, “Chairman PCB, Mr. Shaharyar M. Khan has received a letter from President BCCI, Mr. Shashank Manohar, regarding the cancellation of their meeting in Mumbai. Mr. Manohar has expressed his sincere regrets for the cancellation of the meeting between officials from the two boards. Under pressure from extremist elements, BCCI cancelled its meeting with PCB officials which was scheduled to take place in Mumbai. It has also been conveyed that the BCCI has officially approached the Indian government to obtain definitive guidance on the Pakistan-India series.”
“The PCB maintains that sports and politics should not be mixed, and hopes that the BCCI will not be held hostage by extremist elements who wish to sabotage bilateral cricket relations. The series, scheduled to be held in UAE at the end of this year, is part of an MOU signed between PCB and BCCI,” the press release added.
Shiv Sena workers had stormed into the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai, leading to the cancellation of the meeting between the two boards. The talks were rescheduled in Delhi for the next day, i.e, October 20, but were eventually cancelled.