As tension between India and Pakistan surmount incessantly, cricket, the first love of the people of both the nations, took the forefront on Monday as PCB chief Shahryar Khan and BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur, had a rendezvous, which they both referred to as “a courtesy interaction ”.
Khan had already apprised the Press Trust of India about his recent visit to India, to meet the newly elected office bearers of the country’s cricket governing body, including newly elected president Jagmohan Dalmiya, in order to revive cricketing ties amongst the two nations.
However, Thakur repeatedly reiterated that it was a courtesy meeting that emphasized on renewal of cordial relations between the two nations and their boards respectively.
Khan on the other hand, wished the new governing body lots of luck, with the aspiration of having fruitful discussions with the BCCI regarding that could strengthen a morbid relationship.
The binding agreement signed by the two boards clearly stipulated the conduction of 2 Tests, 30 ODIs and 11 Twenty20s spread over six series with the first one scheduled from December 2015, all of which would be sub judice to clearance by the Indian government.
The arch rivals, last locked horns in a bilateral series in December 2013 when Pakistan toured India for three ODI matches, winning the series.
Pakistan haven’t hosted a cricket match on home soil since the malevolent terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team in 2009.
THe two countries, who have been decadent in their relationship ever since, acceded to Pakistan’s home series being played in the UAE and it would be the first of the six series that the teams would play against each other in the coming eight years.