BCCI officials not to attend PSL final

BCCI officials and Shashank Manohar, the ICC president, had been invited for the match in Karachi on March 17, 2019.

Ehsan Mani, the PCB chairman, says the BCCI secretary — Amitabh Chaudhary — and the ICC chairman — Shashank Manohar — are among the dignitaries invited to attend the PSL final.   -  AP

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, Ehsan Mani, on Thursday told Sportstar that invitations had been sent to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officials and ICC chairman, Shashank Manohar, for the Pakistan Super League final in Karachi on March 17, 2019.

“Of course, we have invited the ICC president as well as the BCCI secretary (Amitabh Chaudhary),” Mani wrote in a text message.

'No question'

However, top BCCI officials have indicated that none of them would be travelling to Karachi for the PSL final, largely due to the current political scenario. “There is no question of travelling to Pakistan at this point of time,” one of the BCCI officials said.

When contacted, Manohar said he has not received any invitation for the league final.

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Interestingly, on Thursday, the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) had said that it would seek international ban on Pakistan. The CoA plans to meet ICC chief Manohar in Mumbai later this month to discuss the issue and also deliberate on whether India will play against Pakistan in the World Cup.

The political situation between India and Pakistan took a turn for the worse after the Pulwama attack.

    Earlier, DSports and IMG Reliance had pulled out of the broadcasting deal with PSL and stopped airing the fourth edition of the tournament live in India.

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