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Ramiz Raja stresses must ‘create cricketing bond’ with India’s BCCI

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ramiz Raja
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ramiz Raja has careworn the necessity to revive Pakistan-India cricketing ties, saying the 2 boards ought to “create a cricketing bond” whereas politics have to be refrained from the game.

Raja, who was talking to PCB Digital on Monday after his return from Dubai the place he met the Board of Management for Cricket in India (BCCI) officers, stated: “I met with BCCI President Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah on the sidelines of the ACC (Asian Cricket Council) conferences. We have to create a cricketing bond, whereas I additionally consider that politics ought to steer clear of the game as a lot as attainable and this has at all times been our stance.”

The PCB chief added that “a number of work must be finished to revitalise Pakistan-India cricket however there must be some consolation degree between the 2 boards after which we are able to see how far we are able to go.”

“So general, we had dialogue,” he stated.

Raja’s remarks come forward of a Pakistan-India fixture within the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup as followers the world over gear up for what is ready to be a high-octane sport on Oct 24.

Pakistan versus India matches are hotly anticipated by cricket followers on either side of the border in addition to all over the world. Given the 2 international locations’ frosty relations, the 2 groups have solely been enjoying one another in main world tournaments.

Raja stated the ACC had been established to “create a unified method and collective stance in order that we had one voice and if there was a scenario, all stood collectively”.

Referring to the current withdrawal of New Zealand and England from Pakistan tour, he stated he needed “sturdy” relations with different boards and the ACC, in order that “if there is a matter, like we had with the withdrawal of a few sides, a robust and joint assertion might come out from the ACC platform”.

“My message on the ACC was that we must always not neglect this philosophy and I’m optimistic there might be higher outcomes in future.”

Talking about Aisa Cup 2023, Raja introduced that the event, a 50-over competitors, can be held in Pakistan in September.

“The ACC has agreed and accredited that the 2023 occasion in Pakistan might be a 50-over competitors and held in September. This aligns very properly with the ICC Males’s Cricket World Cup 2023, which might be held in October and November,” the PCB Digital quoted him as saying.

He added, “we’re wanting ahead to internet hosting this event in Pakistan and I’m assured will probably be a well-organised occasion as a result of that is what the followers need.”

Raja additional stated the ACC has additionally confirmed that the subsequent yr’s Asia Cup can be a 20-over competitors and held in Sri Lanka.

“[It] might be a prelude to the ICC Males’s T20 World Cup 2022 to be held in Australia from 16 October to 13 November,” he stated.