Asia Cup 2016 & Pakistan India “TIES”
Asia Cup 2016 & Pakistan India “TIES”.
By: M Uzair Rana
Pakistan and India always from day 1st have up and down in bilateral relations. Their relations always required and depend on CBMs and based on back door diplomacy. Now very hard ties due to current circumstances in their ties the India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi reiterated his resolve to break ice with the neighboring country through “cricket diplomacy” despite the anxiety and apprehension raised by some Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lawmakers about a proposed India-Pakistan cricket series in the past. Such statements we have listen so many times i-e “We have taken the decision to start a cricket series between both countries to improve our relations”. Public opinion or pressure groups always played a role for hurdle.
Such initiative soon after a resolution was adopted appreciating initiatives taken by the Modi government during its first year in office, Modi said some of the members have expressed concern against the series and that is why he was “clearing the air”.
Even such issues were taken in Indian “Lok Sabha” also by Indian political parties but it’s out-put remain same haziness and ambiguities few had raised apprehension over the issue in the Lok Sabha.
According to news that’s in Indian media that only Modi spoke at the assembly. Not any of the MPs said anything rather criticized the government.
Previous year cricket supporters and fans in the subcontinent were cheers and takes at pleasure when former International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman N Srinivasan’s announced that India will renew bilateral series with Pakistan in 2015. So many proposals and roamers to resume bilateral cricket ties between India and Pakistan or that the two teams will play each other soon.
The 2015 series which was ‘home’ series for Pakistan, but owing to security issues, matches were shifted and to be played in UAE. But that series was also canceled due uncertain reasons. It is veracity and hard reality of India-Pakistan cricket relations could be at an all-time low after the Pakistan Cricket Board discarded BCCI’s offer to play a bilateral ODI series in India.
Just because Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) believed BCCI, after signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), must honors its pledge and commitment to play the series in the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan’s “home venue” for the past several years due to security concerns. Though, the Indian board does not have the permission from its federal government’s to play there.
PCB Chairman Shahryar Khan was very much in media about that cricket controversy between India and Pakistan and he received very much criticism from media and masses.”There is no question of playing in India. I am still awaiting the reason of not playing in UAE, Mr. Shahryar revised his own deadlines so many times even at the visit of Indian home minister to Islamabad for BCCI announcement and to permit Indian cricket team.
PCB Chairman also question why India wouldn’t play in the UAE even UAE gives some IPL matches were played in the middle-east back in 2014. So now what speculations India to play there and why not now?
After Khan’s scheduled meeting with BCCI President Shashank Manohar in Mumbai had to be scrapped due to protests by Shiv Sena, the former diplomat drew flak from the Pakistani government. Though, India had assured their neighbors that the matches would be held in “safer” places like Mohali and Kolkata. Pakistan was just not ready and there are several reasons it’s because of threats, uncertain and unseen warning to our national players from Indian extremists. Due to such threats, the Pakistan government would not have allowed the national team to travel to India given the recent tense relations with India. Similarly at that time, Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan had said that he would consider it insulting if the PCB accept BCCI’s offer. Second, the PCB is expecting to make a make a massive profit if the series does take place in the UAE. It is after all Pakistan’s home series. Security, certainly, seems to be another major concern. Interior Minister’s statements were actually voice of masses of Pakistan.
Now it has been after 346 days since Pakistan and India last squared off on a cricket field. But 2016 will provide fans with plenty of opportunities to see the two Asian giants in battle in a series of high-profile matches first at the 2016 Asia Cup T20 followed by the World T20’s marquee clash in Dharamsala. It will be the first time teams will vie for the Asian crown in the T20-format.
After playing India, Pakistan next faces a qualifier on Feb 29, followed by matches on March 2 and 4 against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka respectively.
After a miserable and controversy induced World Cup, two-time Asia Cup champions Pakistan will look to make things right in Bangladesh. Under Waqar Younis’ stewardship, the 2012 champions will also seek to finally end their embarrassing streak of having never beaten India in an ICC event and they will get a bite at that cherry in up-coming tournament. First Pakistan face India in Dhaka on February 27 and then in the ICC World T20 in Dharamsala on March 19.
Let’s wait for new beginning among two major rivalries of world of Cricket.Share