The Board of Control for Cricket in India is reportedly toying with the idea of playing a bilateral series with Pakistan in September next.
Surprisingly, the news has come at a time when the diplomatic ties between the two neighbouring nations have hit yet another low following the unrest on the border from the Pakistan side, which has seen an Indian BSF jawan being killed and his body mutilated by the Pakistan security forces. India thereafter had called off Ministerial level talks with Pakistan.
According to national daily Hindustan Times, a senior BCCI official has confirmed the development on the basis of the BCCI and Pakistan Cricket Board officials’ discussion in Dubai. “BCCI CEO Rahul Johri has been holding talks with PCB officials and he is expected to hold final talks with the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators – Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji – before making the announcement. If he does get the go-ahead from the concerned people, the decision shall be made public around Wednesday,” the paper has quoted the anonymous official as saying.
The BCCI CEO, however, has not responded to the newspapers efforts to get his reaction.
However, another BCCI official, given the prevailing tension between the two countries, has expressed surprised over the development. “This piece of news comes as a surprise to me and I am sceptical about it but if it is true I must say that those involved are traitors to the cause. They have been talking about political climate as the reason for not playing Pakistan all this while,” said the official.
“Do they realise that the External Affairs Ministry recently came out with a strong statement with regard to overtures from Pakistan? There appears to be more to it than meets the eye in this sudden planning and development,” the BCCI official said.
PCB chief Ehsan Mani has earlier said that he has had positive talks with the members of the BCCI during the ongoing Asia Cup.