Ehsan Mani, the newly elected president of PCB, described India's position of interpreting Pakistan's hypocrisy. In a climate of political tension between the two countries, India has not played a bilateral game against Pakistan in any format since January 2013, but has faced them 10 times since then in multilateral events.
In an interview with ESPNcricinfo, Mani said it was the "will of the people" that ties between India and Pakistan resumed, adding that sports contact would improve relations between the two countries.
"The main thing is that we play cricket against each other, when we play cricket, especially in our countries, when we go to India or when they come here, it helps to increase contact between people. to Pakistan, Lakhs of fanatics have come from India to Pakistan and everyone returns happily 19659002] "There is no better way to improve relations between countries than having sports contacts, cultural contacts. For me, that is much more important than any amount of money that enters the game.
"The Indian public obviously loves watching India and Pakistan play, like the public in Pakistan, the rest of the work is about politicians, and frankly, once India is preparing for next year's elections, I do not believe that his attitude weakens, but in the long term, people want him and can not go against the will of the people forever.
"There is a lot of hypocrisy at the moment. India plays an ICC event against us, but it does not play a bilateral series. That's something we need to address. "
The India-Pakistan matches, said Mani, had the" greatest financial value in the world, "but he said the PCB's desire to resume ties was more than just money. he asked if Pakistan cricket could survive without the bilaterals against India, had a one-word answer: "forever"
"Money is not the problem, it's more about the game," he said. spectators for an India-Pakistan match than any other party in the world. So, if the Indian government decides to deprive its own citizens of seeing a party between India and Pakistan, then that is their choice. "
Mani's predecessor as PCB president, Najam Sethi, was instrumental in the establishment of the ICC. A panel of disputes to resolve the impasse over India-Pakistan bilateral cricket The PCB and the BCCI are currently awaiting the verdict of the panel.
When asked if he would have chosen the route of the dispute panel, Mani said that he would prefer to talk to the BCCI and the Indian government, and recalled his role, during his term as president of the ICC, in convincing the Indian government to give the green light to India's first full tour of Pakistan in 15 years.
I would have preferred that there be a board of directors "Board discussions and board decisions to the government," said Mani. "I went ICC [president] in 2003 and India and Pakistan did not clash at that time.
" I went and met with the government of India and met with the people who led the Indians. cricket board at that time – Mr. [Jagmohan] Dalmiya, Mr. [IS] Bindra, Mr. Rajsingh [Dungarpur] – and went to the different ministries related to cricket relations between India and Pakistan, and spoke more in favor to resume Grillo between India and Pakistan that I did as a Pakistani.
"I had to be slightly neutral since I was with the ICC, but I did not have to say anything, they were the ones who said we wanted to play against Pakistan, there is always a political interference in India, but the Indian government has said: "Look, at the end of the day, it's BCCI's decision to play or not play against Pakistan, but they have to come and present us a case." And I took them at face value.
"He took us close. one year, but they arrived in 2004 because I kept coming back with people on the Indian cricket board and I was going as President of the ICC and not as someone representing Pakistan ""
For all that, Mani said he would not follow trying to persuade India to play Pakistan beyond a point.
"I do not intend to ask India to play with us," he said. "If they want to play, they tell us, if they do not want to play, that's fine, but we're not going to go after them, we're not going to beg them, it's good for the game if India-Pakistan plays each one." another, but it will be on equal terms. "