Sourav Ganguly on India vs Pakistan bilateral series says this is not in Rameez Raja hands nor mine


New Delhi. For the past several years, cricket matches between India and Pakistan have been confined to continental (Asia Cup) and global (ICC) tournaments. The last time the two teams met in a bilateral series was in 2012–13, when the arch-rivals played three ODIs and three T20 Internationals each in India. Tensioned diplomatic relations between the two countries have forced India vs Pakistan bilateral cricket (IND vs PAK) to come to a halt. However, many former Pakistan cricketers have demanded the resumption of the bilateral series between the two countries. In such a situation, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly insisted that the cricket board alone cannot come to a decision.

India and Pakistan recently faced each other in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 in Qatar, which was the most-watched game of the tournament. India and Pakistan only play each other in tournaments organized by the ICC. On this, Ganguly said that bilateral cricket is such a thing, on which the respective governments have to work.
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Sourav Ganguly said at the launch of a book at the 40th Sharjah International Book Fair, ‘It is not in the hands of cricket boards. In world tournaments, both the teams play each other. Bilateral cricket has been put on hold for years and this is something that the respective governments have to work on. It is neither in the hands of Rameez nor mine. Earlier, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) President Ramiz Raja had said that he has spoken to Ganguly. Raja insisted that politics should be kept away from sports.

Rameez Raja had said, ‘I met BCCI President Sourav Ganguly and Secretary Jay Shah on the sidelines of ACC meetings. We need to make cricket a bondage. I also believe that politics should be kept away from sports as much as possible and this has always been our stand.
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During the event in Sharjah, Sourav Ganguly also shared a story from India’s tour of Pakistan in 2004, when he broke security protocols to eat ‘kebabs’ in Lahore. The former Indian captain revealed that he was reprimanded by the then President of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf. The former Indian captain said, ‘I got a call from (Pervez) Musharraf and he warned me that I can do whatever I want apart from breaking security protocols.’

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