We don’t think it is necessary to react to Anurag Thakur’s statement at this stage: PCB official
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has refused to make any official comment on reports suggesting that the BCCI president Anurag Thakur is all set to write to the apex cricket body, ICC to not place Pakistan with India in the group stages of any ICC tournament.
The tension between the two countries has mounted following the Uri terrorist attacks and it has also affected the already poor cricketing ties between the arch-rivals.
After the attacks, Anurag Thakur said that resuming bilateral ties with Pakistan in recent future looks impossible and the matter deteriorated further when reports were suggesting that Indian cricket body was not willing to play against Pakistan in any multi-nation tournament.
However, a senior PCB official refused to comment on the issue since nothing had taken place officially.
“We are hearing and reading such statements in recent days but we don’t think it is necessary to react to them at this stage,” he told the Press Trust of India.
According to the report, Anurag Thakur’s statements have not been taken seriously in the PCB and one source even raised doubts over such proposal.
“If they really don’t want to play Pakistan at all would they be willing to forfeit the match against us in next year’s Champions Trophy,” the source asked.
Another source said that the BCCI president gave the statement “to play to the galleries”.
“No changes can be made now so what is the purpose of such statements except to play to the galleries,” the source said.
The source revealed that Thakur talked about resuming the bilateral ties between the two nations whenever Pakistan and Indian cricket officials met each other at ICC meetings.
“But for public consumption he gives different statements,” the source noted.
The two nations have not played a full bilateral Test series after the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks which led to the suspension of cricketing ties between the two countries.They played a short series of three ODIs and two T20 matches in India in December 2012 but otherwise they have met only in ICC-organised events or the Asia Cup. The source claimed that India backed out of its MoU signed with PCB to play six series from 2015 to 2022 and so there was no point in talking about not having cricket ties with Pakistan.