India-Pakistan cricket series? New PCB chief Ramiz Raja makes big statement

The Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) new chairman Ramiz Raja surely has a lot on his plate. So when asked about the resumption of India-Pakistan bilateral cricketing ties, Raja said he was not ready to jump the gun. 

The newly-elected PCB chief stated that it was an ‘impossible’ task to resume anything immediately as the sporting model has been ‘ruined’ by politics.

“Impossible right now…” Raja said. “…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.

Since 2008, after the terror attacks on Mumbai, India and Pakistan have been only been playing in ICC events or Asia Cups. Pakistan did come to India for a three-match ODI series in 2012-13, however, there has been no series between the two sides since then. The last time the two sides played a Test match was back in 2007 in Bengaluru.

Meanwhile, Raja was also asked about the India-Pakistan match in the coming T20 World Cup which is due on October 24.

“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 per cent operational for the match and to do well in it,” he said.

The former cricketer added that he wants the national team to play fearless cricket. “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”.

As for his position as chief in the PCB, Raja said it was one of the toughest jobs in cricket. “It is a very big challenge and a lot of boxes had to be ticked before the prime minister (Imran Khan) decided to give me this tough job,” he said.

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