The buzz around the marquee clash between arch-rivals India and Pakistan are always high among the fans. They will play each other on June 16 in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019 at the Old Trafford in Manchester. Speaking about bilateral ties, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Ehsan Mani has said that they won’t beg India for resuming bilateral series.
Bilateral series to resume in a dignified manner – Mani
Meanwhile, the tension between India and Pakistan are on an all-time high. The recent Pulwama attack in February has escalated the volatile relationship between the two countries. There were demands from various sections in India to boycott the game against Pakstan and also pressurised ICC to ban them from the World Cup. However, ICC stood firm in their decision and decided to carry on with the original schedule. Meanwhile, India and Pakistan have not played a bilateral series against each other since 2012.
Ehsan Mani in a chat with Dawn said that they will not beg India to resume playing bilateral tournaments. He also added Pakistan want to resume playing with India in a dignified manner.
“We will not beg India or any other country to play cricket with us; we want resumption of bilateral cricket ties with India in a decent and dignified manner,” Mani said.
Ehsan Mani further revealed PCB’s plans to resume international cricket in Pakistan and said that they will host Sri Lanka in September for two Test matches in what would be a part of the ICC Test Championship. Mani also confirmed that Pakistan will fly to Australia in October to play the Test Championship. The Sri Lankan team will then play bilateral series in Pakistan in December this year which will feature three ODIs and three T20Is.
“We will host the Sri Lankan team for two Test matches of this inaugural edition of the event in September. Then our team will be flying to Australia in October/November for one day and night and one day Test of the championship,” he concluded.