India and Pakistan have not played any bilateral series since 2012. The tensed relations between the two countries has affected cricket as well and both the teams face each other only in the ICC events or in the Asia Cup. However, the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) CEO Wasim Khan has expressed that they are willing to play against the arch-rivals and are trying for the same.
Currently, Pakistan is gearing up to host Sri Lanka in their own backyard. As far as the upcoming series is concerned, many Sri Lanka cricketers were unwilling to opt for this tour, because of which as many as 10 players pulled themselves out, but the board decided to send the depleted the team. For a long time, Pakistan has been a suspicious place for every cricketer after the attacks that took place in 2009 on Sri Lanka team.
PCB official’s opines playing cricket with India in future
When Wasim Khan was asked about playing cricket with their arch-rivals, India then he emphasized that Pakistan is willing to play cricket with their neighbours and PCB enjoys a good relationship with the Indian counterparts in BCCI.
“They share the same desire as us to see cricket played again. But they’re dependent on government, we wish to see Pakistan vs India cricket happening again. We are willing to play with India anywhere as it is important that India and Pakistan play cricket. Cricket is a great way of bringing people together and cricket should remain cricket. We will play with India. I will be happy to explore the possibilities of playing them,” he said as quoted by Geo TV.
Wasim has his say on Sri Lanka tour to Pakistan
There were rumours that Pakistan is paying Sri Lanka for making a tour to their nation but now ahead of the series, the PCB CEO has denied strongly making any such offers. “We are not paying Sri Lanka even a penny. They are coming to Pakistan without being paid anything.” Wasim Khan said.
According to him, Sri Lankan cricket team’s 13-day tour of Pakistan will be normal as any other tour of the international team or foreign players in the last few years. He is pretty sure that from now onwards there will be no more series that will take place in their alternative venue which is in the UAE and was very sure about the security conditions in Pakistan which have improved significantly.
At the moment, PCB is focussed on bringing international cricket back to their soil as well as after this series Pakistan will look to host a Test series for Sri Lanka on their land.
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