Revival of series with India my toughest task: Zaka

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012 1:30:06 by

KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Zaka Ashraf termed the revival of a bilateral series with India the toughest task of his tenure.

However, despite the snub handed out by India, speaking at a press conference in Islamabad, Ashraf said that cricket relations between the neighbouring countries were quickly improving.

“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,” said Ashraf. “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.”

Both countries have not played a series since the 2008 Mumbai attacks but Ashraf hoped that the wait will be too long now.

“The fans will get good news soon. The BCCI President N Srinivasan said that the matter will 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.”

The PCB chairman also added that he met cricket chiefs from Australia, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in India and spoke about improving ties.

“Reviving cricket ties with India is the toughest task from Pakistan’s point of view. We are also in talks with other boards like we were with the Bangladesh board. Hopefully they will come to Pakistan soon but we can’t disclose the details.”

Published in The Express Tribune, June 6th, 2012.

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