Pakistan needs to create a situation where India asks us to play, says PCB managing director

Two countries have not featured against each other in a bilateral series since 2012.

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As per Wasim Khan, Pakistan Cricket Board(PCB) must strive to create a scenario where Board of Control for Cricket in India(BCCI) urges them for the resumption of two nations' bilateral cricket ties. 

PCB Managing director further said that Pakistan can't keep waiting to play versus India because it needs to start moving forward with its cricket. 

"It’s a massive challenge and I don’t think we’re going to see any solutions anytime soon," Wasim was quoted saying by ESPNcricinfo, "I think elections are coming up in India, so nothing is going to happen in the near future. But, we are trying and [PCB chairman] Ehsan Mani is trying hard to get them to the table and get things moving."

"We keep on asking them to play us but let’s create a situation where they ask us to play. I think we need to do that. It’s sad that we are not playing against them but life continues."

"We need to move forward and carry on. We can’t wait forever to play India. Our focus is to develop Pakistan cricket and get our team and players a lot of success at the international level."

PCB had actually filed a complaint to International Cricket Council(ICC) against BCCI, which, as per them, didn't play the six bilateral series it signed for in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) during 2014. Sport's world governing body, however, dismissed the case. 

Chairman Ehsan Mani is banking on the upcoming general elections in India because a change in the government can pay off huge dividends. But the long-term ambition remains to become one of the top three sides in the world so that Pakistan achieves status of cricketing attraction for India.

"Until it’s not done (elections in India), there is no point in engaging them at this stage because we have to start over with new people in the BCCI," Mani said, "But our relations with the Indian board are very good and we have mutual respect but we won’t be imploring them to play us."

"If we will take Pakistan cricket to a level where we are among the top three teams in the world, they will come on their own to play with us. I get a lot of messages from Indian journalists and public about their wish to play against Pakistan."

"Unfortunately, politics sneaks in which I don’t believe sports should ever be mixed up with. But it happens in our environment, especially in India it happens a lot. But I understand when they are done with elections their attitude will get right too."


By Kashish Chadha - 11 Feb, 2019

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