Team India likely to play Pakistan soon:- The Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) are all set to meet on 29 May in Dubai to discuss the future of India-Pakistan bilateral cricket.
BCCI acting President Amitabh Choudhary will represent BCCI in the meeting while PCB will be represented by chairman Shaharyar Khan.
An MOU was signed between BCCI and PCB in 2014 following which Pakistan supported the Big Three governance model and financial model of ICC. It was an agreement between the two boards that between 2015 to 2023, India and Pakistan will play six bilateral series.
India last played a Test series against Pakistan in 2007-08, while the teams played an ODI series in 2012-13 season. The two teams last faced each other in March, 2016, in a ICC World T20 match & which India won.
In 2015 India were due to play Pakistan in UAE. The then BCCI president Shashank Manohar declined and said “We are not asking any permission from the government. We are not playing in UAE. That is certain. There are reasons. But I don”t want another debate on that. So I will not tell you the reasons.” PCB estimated a $200 million to 300 million loss they incurred because of BCCI”s refusal.
In return BCCI offered PCB a series in India which PCB declined. This year India are supposed to host Pakistan as per MOU.
“We still remain committed to playing, but the position doesn”t change: the series cannot go ahead without the permission of the government of India. After PCB wrote to us, we have written to the Government of India again, and are awaiting the response. I believe the dialogue should go on, which is why we are meeting.” is all Amitabh Choudhary had to say.
Cloud still hangs over happening of the series, but if India and Pakistan play each other, it will be a treat to watch not just for the two country”s fans but for fans all over the world!