KARACHI The Pakistan Cricket Board turned down a suggestion from the Pakistan Veterans Cricket Association to issue a letter to their Indian counterparts about holding a Pakistan/India Senior T20 series to raise funds for flood victims. The chairman of the PVCA Fawad Ejaz Khan, who had talked about the idea and had made a request to the PCB about 10 days ago to write a letter to the BCCI, informed the media here Wednesday that the PCB has declined the request . The PVCA wanted the PCB to write a letter to the Board of Control for Cricket in India so that the Board for Veterans Cricket in India gets permission from the Indian government about their senior teams tour to Pakistan, he said. The PVCA had invited the Indian seniors cricket team to play two floodlit T/20 matches against Pakistan seniors cricket team and the net income from these two matches was to be donated to the flood victims. Fawad had stated that all leading former Test players of both countries (over 35 years) were to play in these two matches. Fawad said that President of Board for Veterans Cricket in India, Mr. Chetan Chauhan, had applied for permission from the Indian government for the tour of Pakistan but the Indian government had told the BVCI to get permission from the BCCI. Fawad said that after the written refusal of PCB to write to BCCI, he has written a letter to the Patron-in-Chief of PCB Mr. Asif Ali Zardari to instruct the PCB to accept PVCAs request. It was about two weeks ago that Fawad ijaz Khan had put forth the proposal for holding two match Pakistan/India senior T20 series and had requested PCB to support the idea. The only help that he had requested from the PCB was a letter from Pakistan Cricket Board to its Indian counterpart supporting the PVCA plan. It was a great opportunity for the PCB to open the tightly shut doors on international cricket at home. It would have given an opportunity to former Indian cricketers to come to Pakistan and play matches here and would have ended the cricket isolation that Pakistan went into after an attack on Sri Lankan cricket team near Gaddafi stadium at Lahore. For the last three years almost every major nation has refused to travel to Pakistan for security reasons. A letter from the PCB would have changed the prevailing conditions and may have encouraged other teams to travel to Pakistan. It would have also facilitated the ICC International Task Force which had been trying to raise a team that would travel to Pakistan to break its isolation. An Indian senior cricket teams visit would have been a major breakthrough for Pakistan cricket. The PCB is likely to have its own reservations for not writing the letter and it may have been advised by concerned government departments to go slow on the proposal. Whatever the reason behind its refusal to write a letter, the PCB certainly missed a good opportunity to restart international cricket at any level.