A Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official has indicated that there’s a slim likelihood we may even see a Twenty20 cricket sequence between India and Pakistan this 12 months, a report by Every day Jang stated on Wednesday.
The official, who requested anonymity as he’s not authorised to touch upon the matter, at first refused to comment on the potential of cricket diplomacy between the 2 conventional rivals.
Later, nonetheless, he stated that though nobody had spoken to him straight in regards to the restoration of cricket ties however hints are being dropped and there’s a faint glimmer of hope. “We have now been informed to be ready,” he stated.
On this regard, PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani on Tuesday stated that “nobody has contacted us and we aren’t in talks with the Indian board”.
The final bilateral sequence between the 2 international locations was held in India in 2012-13. PCB sources stated that if the sequence is viable, the Indian crew will go to Pakistan as a result of it was Pakistan who visited India the final time.
The 2 sides have, for the reason that bilateral sequence occurred 9 years in the past, have steadily competed in Worldwide Cricket Council occasions such because the Asia Cup towards each other.
There may be additionally hypothesis within the Indian media that there could also be a brief sequence between Pakistan and India this 12 months, in keeping with Jang.
The publication additional notes that the efforts concerning the sequence are being made by the identical social gathering that’s reportedly making an attempt to dealer a peace accord between the neighbours, whose already frail relations have frayed over the previous few years to the extent that they got here on the verge of struggle in 2019.
The PCB says the Pakistani crew is sort of absolutely booked this 12 months, but when there’s a break in talks between the 2 governments for a cricket sequence, a six-day window might be opened for 3 matches.
In the meantime, an ICC assembly is scheduled on March 31 and April 1 during which India is predicted to let the worldwide cricketing physique know what progress has been made on visas and safety for Pakistani gamers, journalists and spectators for the World Twenty20 being hosted by the nation.