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Uncertainty over Manohar's Pak visit
Friday 21 July 2017

Uncertainty over Manohar's Pak visit
PCB had sent the ICC chairman a formal invite to visit their country
KARACHI: The tentative Pakistan visit of ICC chairman Shashank Manohar in August-September appears to be in a limbo due to the political instability in the country over the ongoing Panama Papers case with speculations rife that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will be ousted by the apex court.
The Pakistan Cricket Board had sought advice and support from the government for provision of security and other arrangements but due to the political scenario they have received no response from the relevant authorities until now.
"Manohar's visit is being linked to the visit of the World XI in early September as earlier he was invited to come in August but by that time the PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan would have completed his three-year tenure and stepped down," a reliable source said.
Khan had first verbally invited the Indian head of the world body and later the PCB sent him a formal invitation.
"With Shaharyar to be replaced by a new Chairman in August, it appears even if Manohar comes it will coincide with the visit of the World XI but at this point of time with just around six weeks remaining the tour seems unlikely due to the political scenario," another source said.
The PCB was over the moon after the ICC at its last board meeting approved the visit of the World XI to Pakistan in September to play three T20 Internationals.
The tentative Pakistan visit of ICC chairman Shashank Manohar in August-September appears to be in a limbo due to the political instability in the country over the ongoing Panama Papers case with speculations rife that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will be ousted by the apex court.

The Pakistan Cricket Board had sought advice and support from the government for provision of security and other arrangements but due to the political scenario they have received no response from the relevant authorities until now.

"Manohar's visit is being linked to the visit of the World XI in early September as earlier he was invited to come in August but by that time the PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan would have completed his three-year tenure and stepped down," a reliable source said.

Khan had first verbally invited the Indian head of the world body and later the PCB sent him a formal invitation.

"With Shaharyar to be replaced by a new Chairman in August, it appears even if Manohar comes it will coincide with the visit of the World XI but at this point of time with just around six weeks remaining the tour seems unlikely due to the political scenario," another source said.

The PCB was over the moon after the ICC at its last board meeting approved the visit of the World XI to Pakistan in September to play three T20 Internationals.

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