Najam Sethi hopes for bilateral series between India and Pakistan
It is quite a surprising fact that Pakistan Cricket Board(PCB) is not opting to resist the appointment the Exiled-BCCI President as the chairman of the International Cricket Council(ICC) this week in Melbourne after it is assured by ICC that there will be a bilateral series to be held between the arch-rivals, India and Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates in the next year.
It has been revealed by a well placed source of PCB that Najam Sethi and the chief operating officer, Subhan Ahmad have been in touch with the BCCI officials recently and it was also stated that BCCI has got positive signals from its government to resume bilateral cricket ties with Pakistan.
Last week, Najam Sethi did speak to the media about the bilateral series and gave a hint that Pakistan could be hosting a bilateral series with India. And presently, as it stands, it has almost been assured about the bilateral series and the newly installed BJP Government in India has also given clearance for such a bilateral series.
The source said, “The PCB is also hoping that the BCCI will give final shape to a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two boards at the last meeting under which Pakistan and India will play five bilateral series from 2015 to 2022 in the future tours program.”
3 of these series will be hosted by Pakistan as “home” contests and they will be hosted either in neutral venues or if conditions favour, they will be hosted in Pakistan itself. The source also said, “With a lot at stake as far as Indo-Pak bilateral cricket relations are concerned the PCB will not oppose the appointment of Srinivasan in Melbourne although Sethi has said that Pakistan’s support to the big three in the ICC and the widespread governance and financial model changes is conditional.”
He also stated about the fact that PCB was so far only interested in signing proper agreements with India and other boards for bilateral series over the next seven-year period.
Time will assure us about the series and if the series is able to be organized, it will be a good thing for both the countries and also for the world of cricket.
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