PCB demands ICC’s interference to resume India-Pakistan bilateral ties
Ehsan Mani, the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), wants the interference of the International Cricket Council (ICC) to help restore his country’s bilateral playing ties with India.
Terming it as the world body’s responsibility, Mani told the Dawn: “I have already talked about it, though informally, at the ICC level. But now I am in the PCB and I will raise it more effectively that the ICC should ensure the bilateral series among all the countries.”
He also added: “Look, if there is no bilateral cricket series between India and Pakistan, why do they play us in the ICC tournaments?”
It’s been more than a decade since Pakistan’s last Test match against India. There has been no full bilateral series between the two teams after 2007. Five years ago, in the winter of 2012-13, Pakistan toured India for a limited-overs series, but the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) regused to engage in a Test series with Pakistan since the infampous Mumbai terror attacks in 2008.
The assertion of the PCB is that the BCCI did not honour a Memorandum of Understanding, while the BCCI always maintained that the MoU was not legally binding on it.
“Unfortunately, it has never happened in the history of the ICC that two cricket boards are fighting a case against each other. Had I been at the helm at the time of filing the case, I would have preferred to resolve the matter through negotiation,” Mani said.