Wasim Khan, the PCB’s new managing director, believes there may be little or no likelihood of bilateral cricket ties resuming between India and Pakistan within the close to future but additionally thinks it is perhaps time for a brand new technique to get the 2 groups collectively. Wasim, who was beforehand chief government on the Leicestershire County Cricket Membership, spoke to reporters in Lahore for the primary time since taking over his new position earlier this week.
“It is a large problem,” he mentioned. “And I do not assume we will see any options anytime quickly. I believe elections are happening in India, so nothing goes to occur within the close to future. However, we try and [PCB chairman] Ehsan [Mani] is making an attempt arduous to get them to the desk and get issues shifting.
“We carry on asking them to play us however let’s create a scenario the place they ask us to play. I believe we have to try this. It is unhappy that we’re not taking part in towards them however life continues. We have to transfer ahead and keep it up. We won’t wait perpetually to play India. Our focus is to develop Pakistan cricket and get our crew and gamers loads of success on the worldwide stage.”
Since 2009, the PCB has been pushing the BCCI for extra matches between the 2 international locations. It started in the course of the Zaka Ashraf regime and reached its finish throughout Najam Sethi’s, when the ICC rejected the case he filed towards the BCCI for dishonouring an settlement to play seven bilateral collection between 2014 and 2023.
Mani stood by Wasim’s views on India-Pakistan cricket. “Till it isn’t executed (elections in India) there is no such thing as a level in participating them at this stage as a result of now we have to start out over with new individuals within the BCCI,” Mani mentioned. “However our relationships with the Indian board are superb and now we have mutual respect however we can’t be imploring them to play us. If we are going to take Pakistan cricket to a stage the place we’re among the many prime three groups on the earth, they are going to come on their very own to play with us.
“I get loads of messages from Indian journalists and public about their want to play towards Pakistan. Sadly, politics sneaks wherein I do not consider sports activities ought to ever be combined up with. However it occurs in our surroundings, particularly in India it occurs rather a lot. However I perceive when they’re executed with elections their perspective will get proper too.”
Wasim has additionally been handed the accountability of revamping Pakistan’s home cricket, which has typically been cited as a cause for the crew’s inconsistent performances.
“We have to get the consistency, sustainability so we’re our inside affairs and people issues which aren’t in our management,” Wasim mentioned. “Every thing will probably be executed however for now let’s get our home cricket proper and make our grassroots stronger than ever and make our worldwide crew extra sustainable within the close to future in order that they’re profitable in any respect ranges.”