Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) CEO Wasim Khan has called for self-sustainability moving forward in terms of not to worry about playing against India. The ever-growing political tensions between India and Pakistan have almost made it improbable for the fans to see the two nations engage in a bilateral series. Hence, PCB wants to concentrate on achieving a broader set of goals without fretting about locking horns against India.
While India and Pakistan square off in the ICC tournaments, it has been eight years since the two nations played in a bilateral series. It was back in late 2012 that the men in green visited India to play three ODIs and two T20Is. Pakistan was the successful team out of the two, having won the 50-over games and drawing the shortest format fixtures. The BCCI has refused on numerous occasions to play Pakistan even in neutral venues.
PCB CEO Wasim Khan acknowledged the nation for their hard work so far for which the credit goes to all of them. However, they have a lot to look forward to other than playing against India in bilateral series. With the BCCI needing its government’s permission to play against them along with their radical views and opinion on Pakistan, the possibility looks bleak for now. Hence, Wasim believes it is time for them as well to look past it.
“My message to fans and followers of Pakistan cricket is that we have achieved a lot so far and there is still a lot of hard work ahead, but Pakistan cricket has a lot to look forward to without worrying about playing India [in bilateral series]. The BCCI have to get government of India’s permission before they play Pakistan and that’s a fact. So, based on that and the current regime in power, their outlook on life and their opinions on certain matters, including their views on Pakistan, it is highly unlikely that in the near future Pakistan will play India,” Wasim Khan stated as quoted by Times Now.
PCB signs a deal with PTV and cable operators in their bid to become sustainable:
Wasim Khan revealed to have struck a deal with PTV and cable operators, which will garner $200 million over the next three years as the board targets to be independent and to investing in the right areas. With the probability of playing against India in bilateral series looking grim, they have to look towards the future tournaments and rubbers along with hosting some big teams.
“We just signed a deal with PTV and cable operators which will generate $200m over the next three years and it’s very important that we as a Board become self-sustainable and that is something we are working on, so that the PCB is in a position to invest in the right areas. We will continue to play India in ICC tournaments but in terms of bilateral cricket I don’t think it’s going to happen any time soon.
We have got a lot to look forward to in the next two years and I think we need to focus on the amount of cricket which is coming up. We also have three World Cups in the next three years, and we have four of the biggest cricket nations coming to play in Pakistan,” he added.