Tuesday Sep 14, 2021
Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ramiz Raja has shot down all hopes of Pakistan and India bilateral series resuming.
While addressing a press conference on Monday, the newly-elected PCB boss said it is close to impossible for the countries to play bilateral series right now, as the sporting model has been sullied by politics.
"Impossible right now..." said the former Test captain when asked to comment on the resumption of series between the arch-rivals.
“Because the sporting model has been spoiled by politics and right now it is a status quo and we are not in a hurry on this issue because we have to focus on our domestic and local cricket," he added.
Speaking about the upcoming highly-anticipated India vs Pakistan clash in the T20 World Cup next month, Raja said: "It is a show stopper and when I met with the Pakistan team players I told them I want the tables to be turned this time and the team must be 100 percent operational for the match and to do well in it.”
"We must be prepared to face problems and also lose matches but I have told the players they shouldn't worry about being secure about their places in the team and play fearless cricket,” he added.
The two teams have only been meeting during international ICC events or Asia Cups since the Mumbai attacks in 2008.