Former Pakistani batsman Mudassar Nazar has slammed the BCCI saying that the Governing body has acted “unfair“ to Pakistan which has dried up bilateral series’ among the two nations and also advised the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to look after their own interests where cricket matches with its arch-rivals are concerned. The political tension amongst the two Asian nations has taken a rather bitter path in the recent development of events in the past few weeks.
As per the reports of Indian Express, he said, “Frankly speaking it saddens me and I think India has been unfair to us. It has come to a stage where the PCB should now only look after its own interests and get the best deal for themselves.”
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Mudassar Nazar has played 76 Tests and 122 ODIs for Pakistan and has 10 International centuries to his name and was quite a useful bowler as well having picked up more than 100 wickets in the 50-over format. The Lahore-born has also coached the Pakistan National Team for two short spells in 1993 and 2001 and also the Kenyan national team.
The former International expressed his sadness and admits that ties between these two countries are essential for the development of a player and also beneficial for the respective Cricket boards. “The present situation is really sad for me. It leaves me disappointed. Because I have played a lot against India in India, Pakistan and Sharjah and I know how important these matches are for the development of a player and raising resources for the boards,” said Nazar.
The last full bilateral series between India and Pakistan and India was played back in the year 2007, but since then it has been very difficult to schedule one. Although, they still play limited-over matches at neutral venues during ICC tournaments.
The recent Uri-attacks in Kashmir has set the political structures of the two nations on fire, needless to say, cricket is also getting affected by it being such an important sport for both India and Pakistan.
Mudassar feels it is cricket which can ease the turmoil amongst the countries and bring communal harmony. Regarding this matter, the former cricketer said, At some stage everyone has to realize that cricket has always helped in removing differences and reducing tensions. Allowed people to understand each other. I say just keep cricket and politics apart."