Pakistan-India series: PCB happy with progress on bilateral ties

Published: April 10, 2012

Fans on both sides of the border are keen on the resumption of bilateral ties that were halted in the aftermath of the Mumbai attacks in 2008. PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI: 

President Asif Ali Zardari’s visit to India and the comments coming in from the Indian cricket board have seemingly broken the deadlock that blocked the resumption of cricketing ties between the two countries.

As a result, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has also welcomed the progress while hoping for a quick resumption to what easily is the biggest rivalry on the cricket field.

According to the Indian media reports, President Zardari, during his meeting with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday, called for the revival of cricketing ties. Singh promised to speak with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on the matter.

Revival of international cricket in Pakistan and a resumption of Pakistan-India ties were the two points high on PCB Chairman Zaka Ashraf’s to-do list when he took charge late last year. However, after receiving a cold shoulder several times from the BCCI, Ashraf stopped talking about the series and went on to say that India were afraid of playing Pakistan.

However, following the meeting, Ashraf was excited at the development and hoped for a quick revival.

“It’s a big development,” Ashraf told The Express Tribune. “I also saw reports about talks on a series-revival and we welcome the news.”

Meanwhile, the PCB chief also welcomed remarks from the BCCI Vice-President Rajiv Shukla who raised hopes of Pakistan’s participation in the IPL, saying that India were not against ‘Pakistan or Pakistan players’. The senior official said the BCCI was in touch with the PCB and was optimistic on a revival of the series.

Shukla also gave hopes for Pakistan’s inclusion in the Champions League as well as players’ returning to the IPL if a resumption of the bilateral series takes place.

“The revival is very important for the cricket boards as well as the fans from both the countries,” said Ashraf. “Not only cricket, it will help bring the nations closer.”

Zaka Ashraf

“The revival is very important for the cricket boards as well as the fans from both the countries. Not only cricket, it will help bring the nations closer.”

 Rajiv Shukla

“Everything is tied to the resumption of bilateral cricket ties between the two countries. Once that happens, I think everything will happen automatically.”

Published in The Express Tribune, April 10th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Imran Siddique
    Apr 10, 2012 - 8:57AM

    Hope So

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  • Pinto
    Apr 10, 2012 - 9:03AM

    None of the fans in india want a series against pakistan

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  • Arjun Shetty
    Apr 10, 2012 - 10:13AM

    @Pinto: many are not interested to see Pakistan players in India—after mumbai attacks.. thats how things have changed. It seems Pakistan is living in its own islamic world and does not understand the worlds opinion or views -if not Indias. Thats worrisome.

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  • ABdul
    Apr 10, 2012 - 10:48AM

    We do not want a serious with India. They have intentionally kept Pakistan in isolation. Nothing good can be expected from those shrewd BCCI ppl. Look even without the bilateral series Pakistan team’s record is going very good.
    Long live Pakistan. India would always be our enemy no. 1.

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  • hammad
    Apr 10, 2012 - 11:32AM

    @Pinto:
    Why the indians are afraid of loosing to Pakistan.

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  • Shahrukh Kazmi
    Apr 10, 2012 - 1:07PM

    I care less about all those Indians or Pakistani who are just born to hate each other, who still cannot see that war is not the solution and we both are paying heavy price for it, we both are Nuclear powers but at the end of the day our behavior and government is very immature. I want to see Pakistan playing against India and i would love to see them playing in Pakistan.

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  • Pankaj
    Apr 10, 2012 - 3:28PM

    waste of time… there is lot of issues with pakistani players…like discilpline, match fixing, security etc.. and above all of them Indians don’t want this players on our soil.

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  • Tilopa
    Apr 12, 2012 - 3:44PM

    @hammad

    I am sorry to pinch a hole in your big bubble by reminding you that India easily defeated pakistan in the asia cup and before that in mohali.

    Ofcouse you can claim that it was a conspiracy…but your opinions doesn’t matter.
    Fact is Fact.

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