The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has been keen on setting up a series between Pakistan and India but the newly appointed Managing Director (MD) claims that there is little hope of that happening in the near future.
Talking to media for the first time after taking over the role, Wasim Khan said that PCB is working on a new strategy. He said that playing India is a ‘massive challenge’ and ‘we won’t see a solution anytime soon.’
He further said:
I think elections are going on in India, so nothing is going to happen in the near future. But, we are trying and [PCB chairman] Ehsan [Mani] is trying hard to get them to the table and get this moving but we got to have pride in our country.
We keep on asking them to play us but let’s create a situation where they ask us to play. I think we need to do that. It’s sad that we are not playing against them but life continues and world goes on. We need to move forward and carry on.
Wasim claimed that he receives text messages from Indian journalists who are keen on seeing Pakistan play India. He said that PCB has a good relationship with BCCI despite the lawsuit, which occurred during the reign of Najam Sethi.
The chairman of PCB also shared the same views as Wasim and said:
Until it’s not done (elections in India) there is no avail of engaging them at this stage because we have to start over with new people in BCCI.
We can’t wait forever to play India. Our focus is to develop Pakistan cricket and get our team and players success at international level.
These are indeed positive statements from the PCB management as Pakistan needs to become sustainable on its own. Once all the processes are streamlined and international cricket returns to Pakistan, India will come to our doorsteps on their own.