Let's create a situation where India want to play us: PCB MD Wasim Khan

By Cricnwin Staff

Gurugram

Wasim Khan, the Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB’s) new managing director, believes the chances of bilateral cricket ties resuming between India and Pakistan in the near future are bleak but also feels the time is right to come up with a different strategy to get the two sides together.

India have suspended their bilateral ties with Pakistan due to the escalating political tensions between the two countries. While Pakistan have been pushing the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for more matches, the Indian board has remained firm on its stance.

Consequently, both teams play each other only in the ICC tournaments or the Asia Cup. They last played during the 2018 Asia Cup in the UAE. The last full-fledged series between India and Pakistan was in 2007. In 2012, Pakistan visited India for three ODIs and two T20s.

"It's a massive challenge," he said. "And I don't think we're going to see any solutions anytime soon. I think elections are going on in India, so nothing is going to happen in the near future. But we are trying and [PCB chairman] Ehsan [Mani] is trying hard to get them to the table and get things moving.

"We keep on asking them to play us but let's create a situation where they ask us to play. I think we need to do that. It's sad that we are not playing against them but life continues. We need to move forward and carry on. We can't wait forever to play India. Our focus is to develop Pakistan cricket and get our team and players a lot of success at the international level."