India and Pakistan have been facing political tension for some time now and this has adversely affected the cricketing ties over the years, with Pakistan and India avoiding cricket series together. The PCB Chairman Shahryar Khan has written a letter to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which intends to confirm a series with India this December. The letter also urges BCCI to keep cricket away from political conflict away from game relations.
Earlier this year a MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) was signed between both the boards, which agreed to play six series with Pakistan between 2015 and 2023. The first series will be hosted by Pakistan in UAE later this year in December. It will be the first series, if confirmed, among the South Asian rivals since 30th December 2012.
ICC president Zaheer Abbas in his statement given to media clarified that, PCB has ruled out playing a series in India. The series, if happens would be played in UAE after South Africa’s Tour of India starting from October 2015. On August 9th ICC had confirmed an India-Pakistan series in 2015 itself, sending a surge of excitement among fans. However on 26th Aug, some reports surfaced claiming such a series was unlikely. Also, Anurag Thakur’s tweets regarding disappointment with the ongoing political strife among the two nations affecting the overall spirit, lends fuel to the fire.
Dawood in Karachi. NSA wants to meet separatists here. Are you really serious about peace and you expect we’ll play cricket with you?
— Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) August 22, 2015
As of now, PCB awaits BCCI’s response over this cricketing concern, a positive step towards improving relations. Although, everyone is expecting a positive reply, it is a moot point. As Pakistan has overruled ceasefire violations a number of times apart from act of terrorism in Jammu & Kashmir. From the game point of view it is always exciting to watch some good cricket and so let’s hope for the best!