While India and Pakistan remain on a political deadlock due to last month’s NSA fiasco, on the cricketing front Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) wants the ties should not suffer due to political differences. Taking Indo-Pak’s current scenario into consideration, PCB chairman Shahryar Khan reportedly wrote to Indian cricketing board, BCCI, seeking confirmation for the bilateral series hoping that it will take place in December this year.
While BCCI ruled out the resumption of cricketing ties with Pakistan in the wake of recent terror attacks, PCB chairman expressed his desire to resume the ties and wrote to their Indian counterpart:
“Politics is vulnerable to highs and lows and the sport of cricket should be kept away from it. Cricket is a tool to formulate peace between the countries,”
But BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur stated that the Indian cricket board didn’t see this as happening:
“Earlier also there was no such decision that the series will take place. Only the PCB has reached out to the BCCI. We were talking on those lines but when you see such attack on India time and again, the Jammu region, now the Punjab, where Indians are losing their lives, as an Indian I don’t see a possibility to that.”
Thakur has constantly maintained that cricketing ties between India and Pakistan cannot be seen in isolation.
After the 26/11 terror attack in Mumbai, India and Pakistan have not played any bilateral series against each other.
While one understands the political relations between the two countries make it difficult for them to hold sporting ties, every Indian and Pakistani eagerly hopes that sports will overshadow politics.