The Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) new managing director Wasim Khan, has stated that there are minimal chances of watching India and Pakistan engaging in a bilateral series anytime soon.
With the political tensions between the two neighboring nations being at a high, with no chances of improving, the BCCI also seem to not be too interested in squaring off against them after an intimation by the Indian government. PCB on the other end has been trying to persuade the Indian cricket board for quite a while now, but haven’t found any success in doing so.
Though both nations are seen contesting in ICC tournaments and the Asia Cup frequently, their last face off with each other in a bilateral series was in 2012 when Pakistan toured India for a short T20I and ODI series.
“It’s a massive challenge, and I don’t think we’re going to see any solutions anytime soon. I think elections are going on in India, so nothing is going to happen in the near future. But, we are trying and [PCB chairman] Ehsan [Mani] is trying hard to get them to the table and get things moving,” Wasim Khan the director of PCB was quoted saying.
“We keep on asking them to play us but let’s create a situation where they ask us to play. I think we need to do that. It’s sad that we are not playing against them but life continues. We need to move forward and carry on. We can’t wait forever to play India. Our focus is to develop Pakistan cricket and get our team and players a lot of success at the international level,” he added.
PCB chairman, Ehsan Mani, also added further detail by agreeing to Wasim Khan’s sentiments, and has stated that no such actions from the PCB will be taken to invoke in a conversation with the BCCI before the general elections in India are done and dusted.
“Until it’s not done (elections in India) there is no point in engaging them at this stage because we have to start over with new people in the BCCI,” Mani said. “But our relations with the Indian board are very good and we have mutual respect but we won’t be imploring them to play us. If we will take Pakistan cricket to a level where we are among the top three teams in the world, they will come on their own to play with us.”
“I get a lot of messages from Indian journalists and public about their wish to play against Pakistan. Unfortunately, politics sneaks in which I don’t believe sports should ever be mixed up with. But it happens in our environment, especially in India it happens a lot. But I understand when they are done with elections their attitude will get right too,” Mani mentioned.
India and Pakistan had last met on the cricket field in the Asia Cup of 2018, where India dominated the campaign by winning the prized trophy, which included a heavy beating of their arch rivals on two separate occasions. The two sides will next be seen locking horns in the forthcoming ICC Cricket World Cup.
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