Former chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board Najam Sethi recently met the Board of Control for Cricket in India president Anurag Thakur and asked him to they should be confirmed them whether it was ready to play Pakistan or not in any bilateral series or international events.
Najam Sethi, who is a PCB’s former chairman and head of executive committee told the media in Lahore, “I met the BCCI President, Anurag Thakur on the sidelines of the ICC meeting in Capetown and asked him whether India wanted to play with Pakistan or not.”
Sethi said that the Indian cricket board did not give clearly answered his question ,”He didn’t give a straight answer and in fact, he has floated some ideas which it would not be fair to discuss at this forum now.”
At the ICC meeting, the PCB official and Sethi also clearly said that Pakistan would not concede any loan or endowment as compensation for India not playing with Pakistan in a bilateral series since 2007.
Sethi stated, “I told the ICC members that we had been suffering huge losses since the last nine years because India was just not ready to play with as per the bilateral calendar,” he added. I told them that because India was not playing with us we had suffered huge losses and it had hit our development plans for the sport in Pakistan.”
He also told the media that the ICC existing bilateral cricket ties between India and Pakistan to review the members of the board had proposed to set up a committee.
Najam said, “But we said such a committee would serve no purpose and it was the BCCI which must make a clear policy statement on playing with us in either bilateral series or ICC events. Anurag Thakur didn’t respond at the ICC meeting.”
The Pakistan Cricket Board official said that Pakistan had made it clear to the ICC that if India didn’t want to play with them in the ICC events which including Champions Trophy 2017 they should clearly tell them about their final decision. He stated, “We have told the ICC that if India does not want to play us in ICC events we have no issues only that the match points should be awarded to us and the matches considered forfeited by India.”
The International Cricket Council was ready to grant financial compensation to Pakistan due to India did not want to play bilateral series with them which was confirmed by the PCB official. He said, “Giles Clarke will be giving a report to the ICC on how and how much the ICC can give to us but we have told them it should not be a loan or grant.”
Sethi said that Pakistan as a cricketing nation already suffering because no one Test team in the world are not ready to visit the country because of security concerns. He added, “Add to that the refusal of India to play us and we have told the ICC that we want a clear stance from the BCCI on playing with us but that has still not come from the Indian officials.”
Sethi stated, “The series in UAE was important since it will decide which four top teams qualify for the next women’s World Cup. The technical committee will now decide what to do whether to penalize India and award points to Pakistan.”