PCB Insists on Hosting India in Pakistan Despite England’s Offer
Despite the ECB’s suggestion to arrange a Test series between the bitter rivals in a neutral location, PCB insisted on hosting India for a bilateral series.
The last bilateral series between the two teams took place during Pakistan’s 2012–13 tour to India. Due to the political disagreements between the two nations, the adversaries have only ever met since then in ICC competitions.
The ECB has offered to host the major series in an effort to defuse tensions between India and Pakistan. PCB appears to have rejected the suggestion, despite the fact that the BCCI hasn’t formally commented. According to a report, “Now it is the Indian cricket team’s turn to visit Pakistan and to not only play a Test series but also a white-ball series,” the PCB is adamant about hosting the series.
The News cited sources as stating, “We have not contemplated any such possibility since it is Pakistan’s turn to host the series. This is the PCB’s position on the ECB’s offer. We want India to enter Pakistan and participate in Test and white-ball matches. India must uphold its commitment, please.
Since cricket has the ability to unite nations, the PCB has made the decision not to allow political pressure to prevent the two sides from playing each other.
The PCB has long opposed government meddling in sports and thinks that disputes over cricket should be settled between the two bodies. For the sake of world cricket, we definitely want cricket relations between the two nations to quickly resume.
The insider also refuted allegations that the two boards had discussed the neutral venue, adding, “Such a suggestion has not been under consideration. Never once were neutral venues for the bilateral series explored by any cricket executive. This time, we believe it is only fair that we serve as the series’ hosts. Pakistan will host the series whenever the chance arises, followed by a return visit.
PCB is supportive of future India tours to Pakistan, but BCCI is still hesitant because to political pressure from the BJP-led administration.
BCCI Rejected ECB’s Informal Proposal to Host India VS Pakistan Series in England
While visiting Pakistan for England’s ongoing T20 international series, Ramiz Raja, the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, was presented with the proposal of hosting an India vs. Pakistan test series in England by Martin Darlow, the deputy chair of the ECB. Analysts interpret it as the ECB trying to patch things up with the PCB after England abruptly pulled out of a two-match series in Pakistan last year.
The deputy chairman of the ECB, Martin Darlow, reportedly made the offer during a recent trip to Pakistan, where England is presently participating in seven T20I series, according to the Daily Telegraph.
The specific justification for the ECB’s offer was given by the UK newspaper Telegraph. According to the report, “the matches would draw sizable crowds in the UK, which has a sizable South Asian expat population.” The matches bring in a lot of sponsorship money and television viewers.
Organizing a bilateral series between India and Pakistan has long been a goal of the Pakistan Cricket Board and previous Pakistani players. However, due to the Indian government’s stance toward Pakistan, which holds Islamabad accountable for providing safe haven to India-centric terrorists, BCCI is not interested in developing a cricketing partnership with PCB.
The England and Wales Cricket Board’s (EWCB) informal request to stage the India vs. Pakistan test series in England was rejected by the Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI).
The BCCI has since responded to the offer and stated that there are “next to no” prospects of that occurring in the foreseeable future.
First, it’s strange that ECB talked to PCB about an Indo-Pak series. Whatever the case, the government will determine whether to play a series against Pakistan, not the BCCI. The position is still the same as of right now. Press Trust of India was informed by a top BCCI official familiar with India’s viewpoint that “We only play Pakistan at multi-team events.”
The last bilateral white-ball series between India and Pakistan took place in India in 2012, and the previous Test series was in 2007.
It is a resounding “No” from BCCI due to the tense political relations between the neighbors, whether it is played at home, away, or a neutral venue. In ICC and Asian competitions, the two nations frequently compete against one another.
The article also stated that the PCB are appreciative for the ECB’s invitation but are not currently interested in facing India at a neutral location, demonstrating the strengthening ties between the two boards.
It should be noted that Pakistani athletes cannot participate in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Since all the teams in the South Africa T20 league in February have Indian owners, the absence of Pakistani players raises concerns about the impact of private investment on national tournaments.
Indian fans have praised the cricket governing body for putting their country before all else in response to the ECB’s invitation to resume India-Pakistan cricketing relations.
The T20 World Cup group stage match between India and Pakistan will take place at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in October.
However, unless political tensions between the two countries decrease, things will continue to remain this way in terms of bilateral ties.
PCB Worried About Increasing Indian Influence in Global Franchise Cricket
The PCB is worried that Indian franchise T20 league funding may prevent its players from competing in international competitions.
After the league’s hugely successful debut season, India banned Pakistani players from playing in the IPL. Indian owners now appear to be keeping Pakistani players out of other competitions in addition to preventing them from competing in the IPL.
PCB became aware of the problem where Indian influence prevents their players from taking advantage of opportunities abroad. The majority of cricket’s financial support comes from Indian businessmen, who rarely allow Pakistani players to play for their teams. The players will suffer financial hardship as a result of this situation, which will also reduce their ability to adjust to unfamiliar circumstances.
To encourage cross-board cooperation, the PCB has made the decision to meet with other boards in this regard. The PCB is aiming to adopt the reciprocal NOC policy, under which the PCB will award NOC to players for competing in leagues in other nations while anticipating other boards will send their players to the PSL. Such collaboration will help to fortify the connections across boards, opening the door for players to compete in tournaments all around the world.
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