Indian Government Hindering Indo-Pak Cricketing Ties: Shaharyar Khan
Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, Shaharyar Khan, has put all blames on Indian Government saying that they aren’t doing enough for resuming Indo-Pak cricketing ties. In one of his recent interviews, the PCB chairman was of the view that the two boards had signed an agreement according to which the two boards had mutually agreed on idea of influence of Big Three on cricket world in 2014 and it was clearly understood that the two countries will be playing 6 series against each other in the coming eight years.
“These series were meant to be played on Indian soil or a third-country venue on which both countries would mutually agree. The series would really have been quite lucrative as Indo-Pak encounters are known for attracting more international financing and attention as compared to any other series played around the world, the figures even cross the Ashes,” Shaharyar Khan said.
“BCCI said that they’d need permission of Indian government to conduct these series as agreed and we were ready to wait but the permission was never granted by the Indian Government.”
It was also pointed out by PCB chief that how they’d agreed on playing India at Sri Lankan venues in December but the other side didn’t even came up with the permission for that.
“Because of that, the series was flushed and there were massive financial implications that we had to bear. It was also the indication that India hadn’t met the conditions we had put forward to accept the formula of Big Three. Currently, as I have just said, we’re still waiting for the permission from Indian government so that the series could be played,” he added further.
Last month the PCB was restrained by Pakistan Government from starting any kind of dialogue with BCCI about the issue of bilateral series according to the agreement of the two boards, which has repeatedly been discontinued because of unstable political ties the two countries experience.
It’s been since 2007 that India haven’t played any of Pakistan’s home series and the efforts made by PCB last December for the revival of bilateral series with India failed completely after it was made clear by Indian cricket board that they haven’t been granted clearance by their government for playing the bilateral series against Pakistan. As the PCB Chairman said that they’re still waiting, it’s a positive sign on their part but there hasn’t been any kind of positive response from the other side which has been aggravating the situation since the initial agreement was signed between these two cricket boards.
Pakistan vs India is considered to be amongst biggest rivalries the cricket world has ever seen and there is massive fan-following for cricket in both these countries. The World T20 fixture between India and Pakistan that was played at Eden Gardens, Kolkata witnessed 22 million Facebook interactions which is definitely quite a big figure. However, the fans still have to wait until officials from both the countries sort out their matters.