It has been long since India has played any match across the border in Pakistan. However, Pakistan has earned the permission to conduct the 2020 Asia Cup last year. But with the relations between the two countries on a constant low, chances of India visiting Pakistan is questionable. Denoting this the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, Ehsan Mani said they wouldn’t beg India or any other nation. But the chairman Mani is confident of the resumption bilateral international cricket in Pakistan.
In 2018, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has hosted the Asia Cup when the Indian Government refused to host the Pakistan team. While the last time the two nations played in a bilateral series was in the 2012-13 season. The PCB chairman Ehsan Mani has now suggested that the board will not beg India or any other nation to play with Pakistan.
“We will not beg India or any other country to play cricket with us. We want resumption of bilateral cricket ties with India, in a decent and dignified manner,” he said.
PCB chairman, Mani focused to host Asia Cup series within Pak boundaries
It was after several gunmen open fired at the Sri Lanka cricket team bus in the year 2009. Skipper Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Tharanga Paranavithana and Ajantha Mendis were among those who were injured in the attack. The terror attack plunged Pakistan into sporting isolation and has not hosted any international cricket event since then except a couple of sparsed series since 2016.
However, the dark times for cricket lovers in Pakistan seems to come to an end. After the recent Asian Cricket Council(ACC) meeting in May, Mani and PCB managing director Wasim Khan offered Karachi and Lahore for two-Test series with Sri Lanka.
While talking to Media at the Gaddafi Stadium, Mani revealed that Pakistan would be conducting two Test matches with Sri Lanka in September.
This Test series will be a part of the ICC Test Championship. It will spread over two years, concluding in 2021.
“We will host the Sri Lankan team for two test matches of this inaugural edition of the event in September. Then our team will be flying to Australia in October/November for one day and night and one day test of the championship,” he revealed.
Meanwhile, he also told that Bangladesh will even be playing two Test matches in the country as a part of the Test Championship.
With the events unfolding in Pakistan’s favour, Mani is confident of the resumption of international cricket.
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He said that the efforts to persuade teams to visit Pakistan is now finally paying off. And the visit of the CEOs of Australia cricket and England and Wales Cricket Board being scheduled is like the cherry on top.
“The CEO of the England and Wales Cricket Board will also be visiting Pakistan later this year to see the security arrangements in Pakistan,” he added. “These visits by the Australian and England cricket high ups will be very important to ascertain the security situation in Pakistan. And to assess the possibilities of their respective teams visiting in due course of time.”
And this is not just it. He confirmed that Pakistan Women’s team will be heading India to play ICC Women’s Championship. The team will be heading in India later in November this year. And PCB is hopeful of getting a clear view of Indo-Pak bilateral cricket ties.
Nonetheless, the clock has turned around for PCB, and the series of events are being scheduled. The chairman Mani told that the PCB is now setting up the stadiums for the upcoming matches.