INDO-PAK Clash

BCCI Chief Sourav Ganguly opens up about bilateral cricket series between India and Pakistan

Relations between Pakistan and India worsened after attacks in Mumbai in 2008, which New Delhi blamed on Pakistan. The last time both countries played a bilateral series was when Pakistan toured India to play two Twenty20s and three one-day internationals in December 2012 and January 2013.

The relationship hit a new low after the Pulwama Incident. At the time, the BCCI mulled over the idea to request the International Cricket Council (ICC) to cancel the match between India and Pakistan in the 2019 World Cup.

The idea, however, failed to gain support and both teams faced each other on June 16 as per ICC’s schedule, where India handed a comprehensive defeat to Pakistan.

The last time both neighbours featured in a bilateral series was in late 2012, when India hosted Pakistan for a limited-overs series comprising two T20Is and three ODIs.

Former cricketer Sourav Ganguly is all set to be elected BCCI president unopposed on October 23 at the board’s Annual General Meeting.

Sourav Ganguly on Thursday sidestepped a question pertaining to resumption of bilateral cricket between Pakistan and India, saying the decision was up to Prime Minister Imran Khan and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.

“You have to ask that question to Modi ji and the Pakistan Prime Minister,” Ganguly said at a media briefing in Kolkata.

“Of course we have (to take permission), because international exposure (tours) is all through governments. So we don’t have an answer to that question.”

Ganguly had led India on the historic tour of Pakistan in 2004, the first bilateral series since the Kargil Incident in 1999 and India’s first visit to Pakistan since 1989.

Ganguly also reiterated his stand, saying he would first seek clarity from Prasad’s selection panel.

“I need to find out from the selectors when I meet them next. We should find out what the selectors think,” Ganguly told reporters in Kolkata.

“It’s not my opinion. I was nowhere in the picture all these days. My first selection committee meeting will be on the 24th.”

He said he might speak to Dhoni if needed. “What he (Dhoni) wants to do, what he doesn’t (want) to do…What matters is what Dhoni wants. Maybe there is clarity between Dhoni and the selectors, but I do not know of it as yet. Neither side has discussed anything with me. They’ll decide on the way forward.”

“Maybe there is clarity between Dhoni and the selectors, but I do not know of it as yet. Neither side has discussed anything with me,” Sourav Ganguly

The former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly has always received high accolades from every cricketing individual for his service to the Indian Cricket.

Now, Ganguly set to become BCCI President following his stint for his state association. Meanwhile, he receives best wishes from his former teammate and dear friend, Sachin Tendulkar.

The legendary Batsman of India Sachin Tendulkar conveyed his best wishes to the former skipper of India. Sachin quoted that he got a strong belief on Sourav Ganguly.

Further, he believes that Sourav Ganguly can do the job for the country with the same passion he used to show while playing for the country.

“The way he has played his cricket and the way he has gone put and served the nation, I am sure he will continue to serve the nation in the same capacity and with the same passion…,” Tendulkar said on the sidelines of the Road Safety World Series.

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