Ever since the news broke out that India and Pakistan were set to resume their cricketing rivalry, ardent cricket maniacs have been on cloud nine. The Indo-Pak cricket rivalry is a festival in itself. In no other head to head tussle will people witness such intense games and pressure. It is in this traditional clash that people from both the nations leave all their work aside, just to witness their team do well.
The official confirmation of the bilateral series will only occur after both the governments give their 100% intimation and clearance. That is the only possible hurdle which can dent this epic rivalry. Once the bilateral series begins, there will be a lot of consequences. In all probability, the consequences will be positive and will only be in the best interest of the cricket viewers.
The two cricket boards, (PCB and BCCI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in May 2014, which got converted into a binding agreement in June, once the PCB allied with the Big 3. It was only recently, when Shahryar Khan, the boss of PCB met with Jagmohan Dalmiya, the BCCI honcho that the official green signal was given. Dalmiya was excited by the resumption of the bilateral ties, and said, “We are very hopeful of reviving the series. Only a few things need to be sorted out and obviously without common support, we cannot go forward. Without the support of the home ministry and the government, we can’t go forward.”
This resumption of cricketing ties between India and Pakistan will have major consequences on both the nations and the stakeholders of cricket. India will benefit massively on the financial front. There are no second thoughts regarding that. Broadcasters will be willing to pay any exorbitant amount in order to attain the broadcasting rights. This will undoubtedly multiply the already staggering profits of the BCCI. In return the BCCI’s clout within the ICC will increase greatly. Relations between N. Srinivasan, the chairman of the ICC and the BCCI officials have soured since the last few months. A BCCI official also hinted that the board will look out for Srinivasan’s ouster. If BCCI’s clout within the ICC increases, then this will be a possibility.
Like India, there will be several consequences for Pakistan as well. First and foremost, the cash starved board will be financially boosted to a colossal extent. Pakistan recently signed a deal with Ten Sports for broadcasting their games. The deal was said to be quoted anywhere between $ 150- 160 million. The most significant reason behind Ten Sports paying such a towering price was that in the deal with the PCB, it was mentioned that the bilateral ties between the two nations would resume. The PCB made Ten Sports an offer they surely couldn’t refuse! If India wouldn’t have agreed on the bilateral front, then the PCB could have got only $ 80 million at most. Now, with India agreeing to play at a neutral venue, the amount has just doubled!
Internally within India though, there are some sections of the society which could react negatively to resumption of Indo Pak cricket ties. On Monday, a BJP MP in Lok Sabha was a vocal critic of the development between the PCB and the BCCI. The MP, RK Singh, said that it was “needless” to maintain any ties with Pakistan, as the nation was responsible for sponsoring terrorism in India. This could just be the beginning of the negativity. One can expect several Indian political outfits to react pessimistically in the future.
Nevertheless, if the governments give the bilateral tie a green signal, then a glorious era awaits cricket viewers.