India and Pakistan have only met in ICC tournaments and the Asia Cup ever since the Indian government decided to cut all bilateral cricketing ties after the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.
India and Pakistan last met in the 2019 World Cup in Manchester during the league phase (AP Photo)
- If India doesn’t want to play we have to plan without them: Ehsan Mani
- Mani also stated that resumption of bilateral cricketing ties with India in the future is uncertain
- India cut bilateral cricketing ties with Pakistan after the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ehsan Mani on Tuesday said that they are not dependent on India in any way to keep Pakistan cricket afloat despite suffering big losses in revenue.
India cut bilateral cricketing ties with Pakistan after the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai. After that the two countries have only played against each in ICC tournaments like the 50-over and T20 World Cups along with the Asia Cup.
“We have suffered losses but they (India) are not in our thinking or planning. It is like a Pie in the Sky situation. We have to live without them and we don’t need them to survive,” he said in a podcast released by the PCB’s media department.
“I am clear if India doesn’t want to play we have to plan without them. Once or twice they have made promises to play against us but pulled out at the last moment,” the former ICC president added.
Ehsan Mani also stated that resumption of bilateral cricketing ties with India in the foreseeable future is uncertain.
“Right now we play against them (India) in ICC events and Asia Cup and that is okay because we are interested in playing cricket. We want to keep politics and sports apart,” he said.
PCB has been hit hard by the cancellation of international and domestic cricket due to the novel coronavirus pandemic which has forced citizens across the globe to self-isolate themselves in their houses.
But Ehsan Mani assured everybody associated with the PCB that they will safeguard the interest of its players and employees amidst the Covid-19 crisis.
“Cricketers are the biggest stakeholders in Pakistan cricket. Domestic and International and the centrally contracted and domestic players I want to assure them we will safeguard their interests till we can,” Mani said.
Mani also made it clear that there won’t be any unusual pay cuts for the international and domestic players apart from the performance-based decisions. He also assured the Board employees that there are no plans for lay-offs.
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