Zaheer Abbas, the former Pakistan captain, has said a possible pullout by India will only cripple Pakistan cricket further. "We will be like orphans in the international cricketing community," Abbas told the Associated Press. "Already most of the Test-playing countries are not touring Pakistan and if India do not come it will be the worst for us. I think the Asian countries part of the ICC should stand united in this hour of need and continue playing bilateral series."
However, he stressed that playing in a neutral venue will only be a step backwards for Pakistan cricket. "How can we inspire youngsters in our country if we play at a neutral venue? It will set a wrong precedent and moreover it will be a huge financial loss for the PCB."