The BCCI Working Committee today (Monday) decided to resume the India vs Pakistan cricket ties inviting them in the third week of December to play three ODIs and two T20 matches.
The decision to resume cricketing ties with Pakistan has evoked mixed reactions from former cricketers and fans from both countries.
Reactions To Resumption of India-Pakistan cricket
Former India batsman Sunil Gavaskar: “Being a Mumbaikar I feel, what is the urgency when there is no co-operation [regarding the probe into the Mumbai terror attacks of 2008] from the other side?”
Former Pakistan batsman Zaheer Abbas: “The best remedy is to play. At least the country will be busy watching cricket. It will be good for cricket and the Indo-Pak relationship. Both the countries should be playing cricket every year. It is a very good sign.”
PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf: “We are delighted with this invitation and development and see it as a big ice-breaker in revival of bilateral ties between the two countries.
“The BCCI invitation today is the result of some really hard work put in by both boards in the last few months to resume bilateral ties. I am sure millions of cricket fans in both countries will be happy with this decision.”
Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq: “The competition in such a series is so high that it’s important for the players. And players from both the sides miss such matches and they want to be part of it.”
Cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle : “This is a statement of intent more than it is a cricket tour. Takes me back to the South African tour of 1992, which seemed similar in intent.”
Former Pakistan batsman Aamir Sohail: “It eventually would give both sides a chance to communicate and let people establish contact with each other – that is a positive sign. This overall is a stepping stone for the uphill task of bringing teams to Pakistan.”
Former India spinner Bishen Bedi: “It will be interesting, Pakistan is playing their home series in India. It will mean a lot to the two nations. And the amount of interest and the goodwill it will generate will be huge. Lots of positives will come out of it and it is a step in the right direction.”
Former Pakistan batsman Javed Miandad: “One must give credit to [Zaka] Ashraf for his wholehearted efforts to revive Indo-Pak cricket. That paid off today.”
Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar: “For a while we thought Ind v Aus could make up for it..but the Ind v Pak 2011 WC semi final reminded us Ind-Pak will always be special.”
Former Pakistan bowler Abdul Qadir: “I think cricket will open further doors like trade and co-operation in tackling terrorism in both the countries. India should also be given the option of playing at the neutral venues like the UAE.”