Najam Sethi, a prominent figure within the Pakistan Cricket Board has stated that the PCB is still hopeful about playing against India. Things took a turn for the worse when the meeting between PCB and BCCI officials was terminated due to an Indian political party raising anti Pakistan slogans and disrupting into the BCCI office. Sethi however said that despite all the hurdles, he was hopeful about the coveted rivalry resuming.
“My impression is that the Indian board also wants to have the series. If they didn’t want that they would not have invited us to Mumbai for talks in the first place,” Sethi said. “I think it will be a problem if the impression forms that the Indian board and government is helpless against a group of extremists because India has to host the World T20 next year,” he said.
“I can tell you the Indian board wants to play with us we don’t doubt their intentions but now they have to decide how to deal with the situation as the ball is in their court. I would expect them to get back to us next week or so and we are ready for talks at any neutral venue,” added Sethi.
Sethi also said that it wouldn’t be sensible to speak about the Pakistani team boycotting the 2016 World T20, to be played in India. “What have we done wrong. The PCB has all along made its position clear it wants to play cricket with India to help improve relations in some small way because it doesn’t believe in mixing sports and politics.”
“I don’t think we lost anything by going to India for talks on the invitation of the Indian board. If anything we have succeeded in making the point where Pakistan stands on mixing sports and politics. And I can tell you our government doesn’t tell us what to do but it believes in having cricket ties,” Sethi concluded.
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