Ramiz Raja, Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), has hinted at the resumption of cricketing ties between arch-rivals Pakistan and India. Since Pakistan’s tour of India in 2012-13, the two countries have not played a bilateral series against each other, though they have met in major ICC events during this time.
Cricket boards from both countries have recently downplayed the possibility of resuming cricketing ties, with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) repeatedly stating that the decision is out of their hands and depends on their government.
Ramiz has now shared some encouraging news on the front, implying that both countries may look forward to playing each other outside of ICC events. While a bilateral series may be difficult to play due to tensions between the two countries, Ramiz believes the two countries could play a tri-series with one other nation.
“A bilateral series between Pakistan and India appears unlikely at this time,” Ramiz said, “but we can hope to see both teams in action in a tri-nation series.”
The 59-year-old also addressed speculation that India may withdraw from the 2025 ICC Champions Trophy, which will be held in Pakistan. According to Ramiz, it will be difficult for India to withdraw from such a major event because everything, including the relationship between the two countries, is considered before awarding a country the hosting rights for a mega event. Ramiz stated that he has a good working relationship with his Indian counterpart, Saurav Ganguly and that they are collaborating to resolve cricket issues involving both countries.