For a long time, we haven’t seen any India-Pakistan bilateral cricket series due to the political tensions. Recently, a BCCI official revealed how their regular cricketing ties could get restarted.
India-Pakistan cricket ties always take centre stage, no matter what’s the purpose. It is one of the top rivalries in international cricket history. The immense pressure and emotions break out during the India-Pakistan cricket matches.
However, the present political tensions between the two countries have put a substantial barrier in their international cricket matches. Since 2012/13 (early 2013 January), India-Pakistan hasn’t played any bilateral series yet. When it comes about the Test series, India and Pakistan met in Test cricket for the last time in December 2007.
Since 2012/13, India and Pakistan are meeting only in any international tournaments. In between this time, they have faced each other just in ICC Champions Trophy, ICC Cricket World Cup, ICC T20 World Cup and ACC Asia Cup. Last time India travelled to Pakistan in 2008, less than one year before the Lahore terrorist attack that hugely affected the cricket in Pakistan.
As per FTP schedule, India and Pakistan both had to play two bilateral series against each other in 2014 and 2015. Though the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) was interested in playing those series in the UAE or any other neutral venues, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) refused to play those series. Those cancellations led the huge loses for PCB. Later, PCB went for the legal fights, but they failed to win those legal fights.
Once the conditions are right, no one will have any problem
Recently, a BCCI official clarified the India-Pakistan regular cricketing ties could begin once the political conditions improve.
He told Hindustan Times, “Once the conditions are right, no one will have any problem in the resumption of cricketing ties but that day seems to be a little far off. PCB chairman Ehsan Mani is liked and is very different from his last two predecessors — Shaharyar Khan and Najam Sethi — who had a chip stitched on their shoulders for whatever reason. But even Mani is constrained by the facts and circumstances. It all boils down to the political relations between the two countries and the end of hostilities.”
The BCCI official had a hard reply to Wasim Khan
Recently, the PCB managing director, Wasim Khan spoke about the India-Pakistan cricket ties. He claimed they should focus to create a situation where India asked to play with them.
Wasim Khan recently said, “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.”
In reply to that comment, the BCCI official had a hard answer.
The BCCI official quoted, “This Wasim Khan chap needs to understand that they should focus on their own stability first. As their own PM put it, there are small men occupying big positions in Pakistan and such statements emanate from such a syndrome.”
India and Pakistan are set to meet in the upcoming 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. During the round-robin stage, they will meet on 16 June at Old Trafford (Manchester). However, they are not in the same group in the 2020 ICC T20 World Cup.