Hopes of reviving the Indo-Pak bilateral series has taken a serious blow after Pakistan government ordered Pakistan Cricket Board(PCB) to stop initiating any dialogue with the BCCI on the issue of a long-pending bilateral series.
India has not played a full bilateral series with Pakistan since the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai. Pakistan did tour India in the winter of 2012/13 for a short tour consisting of three ODIs.
Confirming the news PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khans said that until the board receives any further order from the government, they will not initiate any talk to the Indian board on a resumption of bilateral cricket ties in the near future.
“The government has made it clear to us that we are not supposed to engage in any dialogue with our Indian counterparts nor give any statements on Indo-Pak cricket ties until further orders,” Khan said.
But at the same time, Khan was optimistic that election of Anurag Thakur as the BCCI President can pave the way for a positive development for future Indo-Pak talks.
“Thakur, to me, represents both the BCCI and their government so it will be easier talking to one person when the time comes,” he said.
Khan also admitted that the lack of bilateral series against India has resulted in huge revenue loss for Pakistan cricket.
“We did all we could to convince them to resume bilateral ties but they didn’t respond in the same manner so now even our government has said put a lid on further discussions,” Khan said.