We are not running after BCCI, says Pak Board

We are not running after BCCI, says Pak Board

The Pakistan Cricket Board on Tuesday said there was nothing bigger than India-Pakistan matches for cricket fans in Pakistan, but refuted suggestions that it was running after the BCCI for the resumption of bilateral ties between the two countries.

Cricket ties between the countries stand suspended since 2008 Mumbai terror attack.
“We are an independent body and there is no question of us running after the Indian board to resume bilateral cricket series,” PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf said at a meet-the-press programme at the Karachi Press Club.

“I have made efforts to convince the Indian board to resume bilateral ties because people of both countries and even the critics and sponsors want to see Indo-Pak matches.

“I know that the day we resume ties and play a series with India, it will have a big impact on Pakistan cricket because for the Pakistani people, there is nothing bigger than matches with India,” he said.

Ashraf also dismissed suggestions that the PCB had gone out of its way to have friendly ties with the Indians but the latter had not responded likewise and the PCB chairman had to cancel a planned visit to India.

“Yes, since I took over as chairman, we took the initiative to write to them and other boards to support us in resuming international cricket activities in Pakistan. But it is not right to say the Indians have rejected our friendly overtures.”

The PCB chief explained that Indo-Pak relations were governed and influenced by the governments.

“The Indian board has told us that they have written to their ministries concerned to get clearance to plan a bilateral series with us.

“Similarly, we have also written to our foreign ministry in this connection. I am pretty hopeful there will be some positive development soon. But it is a fact that the Indians also want to play a series with us,” he said.

The PCB suffered a major setback when the Indian board refused to confirm the scheduled tour of Pakistan to India this March-April.