Without a doubt, the talks of resumption of bilateral ties between India and Pakistan started doing the rounds. Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) Chairman Najam Sethi is in the country. Hence in all likelihood, the topic has been discussed. PCB claimed that Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has not yet honoured the claims.
Recently, the world cricket body International Cricket Council’s (ICC) meeting took place in Kolkata.
Sethi further added that Pakistan was ready to play India in any of the mutually agreed neutral venues. It was not that they were interested in playing in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) only.
However, the BCCI has given a stern statement on this matter. They have asked the Pakistan players to start behaving properly before even thinking of resumption of bilateral ties between the two neighbouring countries.
The recent antics of speedster Hasan Ali at the Wagah border has infuriated the people in India.
A senior BCCI official said that the resumption of cricketing ties does not even arise if one won’t respect the country in particular.
The matter of seeking permission from the government was far away. He officially added that the antics by Ali at the Wagah border culminating with the comments made by Shahid Afridi on Kashmir have outraged the whole nation.
Hence there were no chances of the resumption of cricketing ties with Pakistan.
In India, we have to follow certain laws which might not be applicable in Pakistan.
“In an ideal world, we would host Pakistan in India and visit Pakistan to play there. Our willingness thus exceeds the willingness of PCB it appears when we talk only of willingness. However, firstly Najam must understand that BCCI does not decide the policies of the government of India just the way PCB does not decide the policies of the government of Pakistan,” an official said.
“We are an Indian organisation that is bound by the laws of India and we have to comply with them, it is not a card for us but a legal necessity. It may be optional to follow the law in Pakistan, but in India it is mandatory,” he added.
“Further, it is a bit much for Najam to say this when the Patron in Chief of the PCB is the sitting Prime Minister of Pakistan. I would also request Najam to sternly deal with the issue of the recent misbehaviour of the Pakistani cricketer,” he added.
“It was regarding the disrespect towards India as a country and other indiscriminate actions and words by former cricketers that do nothing to promote the right atmosphere for cricket. I do hope they at least understand the concept of a ‘gentleman’,” he said.
Despite all these political issues, India is expected to play Pakistan in the Asia Cup in September (2018).