PCB chairman Ehsan Mani cleared that Pakistan is always ready for bilateral series. But he insisted that PCB is not going to be “running after them (BCCI)”.
No issue from PCB
The India-Pakistan rivalry is famous in almost everywhere. When it comes to cricket, this is one of the greatest and age-old rivalries. The World Cup match between India and Pakistan has the ability to attract more audience than the World Cup final. While it is hard for the fans to accept defeat in an India-Pakistan match, the players have been loved by then across the borders. Such is the beauty of this rivalry. But the ICC events are the only chance when the cricket lovers get to see India and Pakistan facing each other. Since 2013, India and Pakistan have not played any bilateral cricket. Tension at the border has been a vital reason behind the same. But there have been talks from time to time to resume the cricket connection between the two neighbouring countries.
Ehsan Mani, the Pakistan Cricket Board chief was asked to opine on same during a podcast with cricket authors Peter Obrone and Richard Heller. He said that PCB has no issue but they are not going to running after BCCI in this regard. “I have taken the view, and I have let it be known to the BCCI, that we are always there to play, but we are not going to be running after them. It is their call when they are ready to play, we will be willing to play.”
India and Pakistan-the famous rivalry
India and Pakistan were last seen playing a bilateral series in January 2013. Since then they have met in ICC events which includes the last massive one in Manchester during World Cup 2019. Indians are yet to lost a World Cup match against Pakistan. They have so far met Pakistan in seven World Cup games and registered win in all of them.
India and Pakistan were expected to have face-offs in the Asia Cup and T20 World Cup 2020. But in the wake of the pandemic, both events were postponed.