New Delhi. There has been no bilateral series between India and Pakistan for the last one decade. In between, the talk of getting the series arose from both sides. But due to the strained relations between the two countries, this has not happened so far. Meanwhile, Rameez Raja, chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, has made a big statement regarding the India-Pakistan cricket relationship. Raja told in a press conference after the PCB’s board meeting that BCCI President Sourav Ganguly had invited him to watch the IPL final twice. However, he decided not to go in view of the emotional attachment of the fans and the current political situation. He said that it would have been fine for me to go for cricket. But, it will take time for things to change now.
Last year in the IPL, the second half of the league was conducted in the UAE after the corona cases surfaced. At the same time, this year the entire tournament took place in India between Bio-Bubbles. According to the PCB chairman, apart from the IPL final held in India this year, he had received an invitation from Ganguly last year as well. Let us tell you that the BCCI has not included Pakistani players in the IPL since the second season. Pakistani players played in the first season of IPL in 2008.
Pak’s performance improved after I became chairman: Rameez Raja
The PCB chairman also spoke about Pakistan’s recent performance in the press conference. He said, “I became the chairman of PCB in September last year. Since then the performance of the Pakistan team has been better than the rest of the Test playing countries. Since I became the chairman, Pakistan has played 24 matches in all three formats and won 75 per cent of the matches. In the same period, India won 68 percent and England won 45 percent of the matches. That is, Pakistan cricket is going towards betterment.
Due to this, the ICC ranking of Pakistan has also improved. At present, Pakistan has climbed one place to fifth in Tests, third in ODIs and at the same place in T20. Pakistan’s team has reached the third place in ODIs for the first time since January 2017.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 24, 2022, 14:44 IST