Published On: Wed, Aug 19th, 2015

Indo-Pak series will revive cricket in South Asia, says Shahryar




LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman M. Shahryar Khan believes that next week’s meeting with India will help us revive cricket between both the Asian nations after a long break of 7 years.

A delegation from Islamabad headed by Sartaj Aziz, adviser to Prime Minister Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif on foreign affairs and national security, will visit New Delhi to meet Indian officials on 23rd and 24th August.

PCB is waiting for a green signal from the Indian government for a proposed series in United Arab Emirates (UAE) starting from December 2015, it will be the first bilateral series between the two rivals after 2007.

The political weather between both the South Asian countries is not stable since 1947, last month there was a terrorist attack in the Indian city of Gurdaspur which they blamed on Pakistan and moreover both the nations are violating ceasefire across the LoC from past couple of months.


PCB chairman Shahryar Khan still believes that they will get the series from India, as both neighbors signed a Memor­andum of Understanding (MoU) to play six series between 2015-2023.

Shahryar said that he met Mr. Aziz on Monday and if he sustains the political weather then we could have a better chance to witness Indo-Pak series. He also said that BCCI wants a good political environment between the two nations, but we think that cricket and politics are two different things.

Shahryar, who was also Pakistan’s team manger when they visited India back in 1999. Cricket series between India and Pakistan is one of the most watched event around the World, it is not big as the historic Ashes series between England and Australia. But for the people of subcontinent it is bigger than every sporting event around the World.

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