PCB hopeful of Indo-Pak series to take place in England
The Pakistan Cricket Board(PCB) is hoping that the Indian cricket board, the BCCI, would respond soon to their proposal, according to which the arch-rivals would play a short series in England, rather than Pakistan’s ‘second home’, the UAE.
After the BCCI made it clear the two nations wouldn’t play each other in December, the PCB now hopes that a reasonable agreement is within reach between the cricket boards of both countries. According to NDTV Sports, the Indian PM Modi’s visit to Lahore had significantly eased tensions between the two sides, and the PCB aims to seize this opportunity to discuss the fate of the cricket series.
“The PCB has also got feelers from the government to remain quiet on Indo-Pak cricket ties. They have been told that the surprise visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Lahore which had led to a thaw in tensions between the two countries could lead to the restoration of bilateral cricket ties as well.” a PCB source disclosed.
But as before, the PCB are waiting for an official word to come from the BCCI before they get to planning and executing their ideas. The source hoped that BCCI could squeeze in a tiny bit of window somewhere in June for the short series.
“The PCB has been told not to speak any more on planned series and wait until some announcement comes from India. The series could happen in England sometime in June as the IPL is from April 9 to May 29 and both teams will have a window in June.” the source stated further.
According to a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two cricketing boards, India and Pakistan are to play six bilateral series between 2015 & 2023, and the PCB chief had stressed on this issue last year. The PCB however, feel that from their end, they have things under control and they want BCCI and the Indian government to respond very soon.