Pakistan-India women series in doubt

The series between India and Pakistan's women's teams, which counts towards ICC Women's Championship points, is in major doubt. The two have till the end of October to play the series, but the BCCI has not responded to the PCB's queries on the series since May with either a confirmation or rejection.Eight teams are part of the ICC Women's Championship; the top four at the end of the championship, which runs over two and a half years, gain automatic entry into the 2017 Women's World Cup in England.

"The two sides have until the end of this month to play the series, which has to be hosted by Pakistan," the ICC spokesperson said. "If the series doesn't go ahead, then the matter will be referred to the Event Technical Committee."

A BCCI official said the board has not made a decision on the matter yet, and that it would be binding on the Indian government's call. "This is for the government to decide. The BCCI doesn't have a say in this," the official said. "We still have time to make a decision."

The men's teams have not played a bilateral series against each other since December-January 2012-13, when Pakistan visited India, but had met in various multi-team tournaments since then, including the World Cup, World T20, Champions Trophy and Asia Cup.

The latest Memorandum of Understanding signed by the two boards in May 2014 featured six series from 2015 to 2023, but the series which was supposed to be played last December in the UAE was shelved; then, too, the BCCI had said it was up to the government to sanction the series.

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