ICC Doesn’t Have Mandate To Influence India-Pakistan Bilateral Ties: Greg Barclay

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ICC Doesn’t Have Mandate To Influence India-Pakistan Bilateral Ties: Greg Barclay

The chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC) recently made an important statement saying that ICC does not have the mandate to influence In

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The chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC) recently made an important statement saying that ICC does not have the mandate to influence Indo-Pak bilateral ties. Greg Barclay, who has been appointed the chairman of ICC recently was the representative of the New Zealand Cricket (NZC) on the board of International Cricket Board before taking over as the chairman of ICC. Having been associated with ICC for a good amount of duration, Barclay has been the witness to endless differences between the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), that too from close quarters. The Chairman has assured that he will be doing his best to bring the two sworn foes on the same page in the cricketing books. When asked about the relations between the Cricket Boards of the two countries, Barclay replied by saying that there are some matters which are beyond the realms of Cricket but he will be trying his level best to make sure that the two countries continue the cricketing relations between them.

He keenly expressed his wish to see both the countries being able to continue their cricketing relations just like the old times but being a rational person, he very well understands that many geopolitical affairs are surrounding this matter. He added that the ICC will be continuing to help and support the two countries in any way that can bolster the current cricketing relations between them. The fans would love to see the two nemeses playing regularly as well as in their home territories.

The Government of India has made it clear from time to time that unless Pakistan puts a stop to the ongoing activities on its side that have been hurting Indian interests, the bilateral cricketing ties will not be resumed with the neighbouring country. Due to the worsening relations between the two neighbors, the Government of India disallowed BCCI to play against Pakistan.

Only one bilateral series was played between the two arch-enemies which were a small white ball series in the last decade. Since then, the two arch-rivals have come face to face only for ICC events and Asia Cup. Though, this is not the first time. The cricketing relations between the two countries were suspended from 1962 to 1977 as a result of two major Indo-Pak wars in 1965 and 1971. The relations between the cricketing boards of the two countries were also discontinued during the 1999 Kargil War and the 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attack. India has frequently accused Pakistan of exporting terrorism to the Indian side.

India-Pakistan Cricket rivalry is said to be one of the all-consuming rivalries in the world of sports. Although the two nations share a common cricketing heritage due to events like the Partition followed by Indo-Pak wars and Kashmir Conflicts resulting in acrimonious diplomatic relations between the countries, the foundation of intense sporting rivalry was materialized over the due course of time.

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