The relationship between neighbours India and Pakistan has always been strained. But the recent Uri attacks have further strained ties between the two countries and has also resulted in both teams not playing against each other on the cricket field.
As per latest reports, the Pakistan Cricket Board has lost around $100 million since 2007, when India refused to tour Pakistan for cricket matches.
“The factual position is that PCB has suffered losses of around $100 million since 2007 because India has refused to play Pakistan in a bilateral series. Pakistan is the only test playing nation against whom India is not playing,” the source said.
The fans have been long deprived of live games in Pakistan because of the topsy-turvy future of cricketing diplomacy in the country.
On March 3, 2009, Pakistani cricket suffered a blow when the bus carrying the Sri Lankan Test team was ambushed by militants near Lahore's Gaddafi stadium. Ever since that terrorist attack, no country has wanted to tour the country owing to security concerns. Pakistan, for most of its home games, has traveled to the United Arab Emirates.
PCB says it hasn’t asked for compensation from ICC
However, despite the financial loss, the PCB clarified on Wednesday that it has not asked the ICC for any compensation fund.
“There is an absolutely wrong impression that the PCB has asked the ICC to set up a compensation fund because teams are not touring Pakistan since last six years,” an official confirmed on Wednesday.
The source further accused the BCCI of not meeting the commitments it made to the PCB.
“Indian board has not met its commitments despite signing MOU with the PCB for six series between 2015 and 2022. PCB only signed the ICC big three governance system document because India under the supervision of ICC signed the MOU with the PCB,” the source revealed.
India haven’t even considered playing Pakistan, says BCCI chief
The ICC had recently asked the Indian Cricket Board regarding its decision on sending the Indian women’s team to play the Pakistan women’s team in the UAE, but the query went unanswered. It is clear that India does not want to maintain any cricketing relations with their neighbouring country.
The BCCI chief Anurag Thakur, post the Uri attacks, confirmed that the board has no interest in playing Pakistan in the near future.
“In the context of what has happened [Uri attack], even considering such a thought [of India playing against Pakistan] is not appropriate," Thakur was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India.