Ashraf hopes to see India and Pakistan play against each other for the sake of the fans
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Zaka Ashraf has admitted that reviving ties with India has been the toughest task he has faced since taking up his position as chairman.
Ashraf, noted that ties between the two countries were slowly improving, and that both countries cannot wait to see the two rivals playing against each other once again.
The Express Tribune, quoted Ashraf as saying: “Relations between the boards are improving and the steps taken by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) are appreciable in this regard, the invitation to Sialkot Stallions was the first step towards rebuilding good relations. In India, I met the politicians, the media and the BCCI officials. All were supportive for the revival of bilateral series.”
India cut off all sporting ties with Pakistan after the devastating 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, which was carried out by Pakistani nationals.
However, Ashraf stated that he expected the long wait to be over very soon, and said: “The fans will get good news soon. The BCCI President N Srinivasan said that the matter would be discussed during the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) annual conference in Kuala Lumpur. I felt that the Indian board wants to resume matches this year.”