PSL Franchise Owner Meets Anurag Thakur To Seek Approval For Matches Against IPL Teams
Tension might have been escalating between India and Pakistan but it has not stopped Javed Afridi, the owner of Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Peshawar Zalmi, to meet the BCCI President Anurag Thakur and sought his approval for PSL teams to play against the Indian Premier League sides.
Afridi visited Thakur’s residence for the meeting and even presented the BCCI chief a jersey of his team.
As of now, there have been no comments from Thakur on the issue but it’ll be really interesting to see his reaction. Thakur has been very vocal of suspending the bilateral ties between the two arch rival after the Uri attacks on September 17, in which 18 Indian soldiers were martyred. Condemning the attacks, he had said:“In the context of what has happened even considering such a thought is not appropriate. Priority is to expose Pak as a country which sponsors terrorism. No question of playing cricket which such a nation.”
The already poor relationship between the two nations has taken another beating following the ICC’s decision to award Pakistan women’s team all six points after the Indian team forfeited three matches of the ICC Women’s Championship against the arch rivals.
But Afridi is still optimistic that matches can be played between the PSL and IPL team. He also said such steps will help improve the relationship between the two neighbours.
Speaking to media, Afridi said:“Such events will help promote peace between the two countries.”
He also suggested the matches can be held at neutral venues and revealed he in touch with the owners of some IPL teams for the same.
“We are in touch with them to play some matches between PSL and IPL teams, but for that, we will need the approval of BCCI,” Afridi added.
The two fierce rivals 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 T20s in India in December 2012 but otherwise they have clashed only in ICC organised events or the Asia Cup.
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