Dubai: The newly elected chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Greg Barclay has said that he wants to see Pakistan and India cricket teams play each other consistently but it is not his mandate to play any role in this regard.
New Zealand’s Greg Barclay, who was elected ICC chairman last week, said in an interview that he was in favor of maintaining a series of world events and standards, but that the importance of a series between member countries could not be underestimated.
Talking about Pak-India cricket, he said that he would like to see Pakistan and India teams play consistently but it is not at his discretion to play any role in this regard.
Referring to the early restoration of cricket ties between the two countries, he said that some things go beyond cricket but the ICC would do its utmost to restore cricket ties between the two countries.
“For me, there is nothing more important than the restoration of cricket relations between India and Pakistan, but I also realize that the lack of a series between the two countries is due to political and ground realities,” he said.
“At the ICC, we can bring Pakistan and India to a place where they can play cricket on a regular basis,” said Greg Barclay.
“I can’t do more than that because it’s not my mandate, it’s all out of our control,” he said.
“Everyone is aware of the importance of India as a major member but we treat it like any other member,” the ICC chairman said.
No regular full cricket series has been played between Pakistan and India since the 2007 cricket series in India.
India had to come to Pakistan to play the next series after that, but after the Mumbai attacks in 2008, relations between the two countries as well as cricket relations were affected and no complete series could be played despite several attempts.
A short ODI and T20 series was played between the two countries in 2012-13, but since Narendra Modi came to power in India, relations between the two countries have been deteriorating with each passing day.
Despite several efforts by Pakistan, India maintained a cold seal on the issue of bilateral series and so far 13 years have passed and no full bilateral series has taken place between the two countries.