‘India’s father’ will also have to talk to Pakistan, remarks Najam Sethi
"India-Pakistan can't play bilateral series till the terror from Pakistan remains," Vijay Goel had quoted.
Published - May 31, 2017 1:49 pm | Updated - May 31, 2017 1:49 pm
In the recent times, things have started to heat up between India and Pakistan. Well, to some extent, the cricket fans of both countries are busy talking about their upcoming clash at the ICC Champions Trophy. While the other topic of discussion between the two countries is regarding a bilateral series. The remarks made by Najam Sethi, the Chief Executive of the Pakistan Cricket Board has certainly added fuel to the existing fire.
The Pakistani board is keen on playing a bilateral series with India for a long time now. However, the Indian counterparts, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), has refrained from playing Pakistan. The stance of the Indian board has been firm when it comes to not playing Pakistan. They have a clear proposition that as long as Pakistan feeds the cross-border terrorism, there is no question of cricket action.
Recently, the reports had surfaced that the two countries might play a bilateral series this year. The PCB has been trying hard to get the negotiations done. To add more to this cause, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) also noted that they are keen to host the two countries. It all boiled down to a recent meeting between PCB and BCCI at Dubai. The Indian Union Minister Vijay Goel brought an end to all speculations.
Vijay Goel’s firm stance
His remarks after the meeting made it clear that there is no chance of a bilateral series between the two countries. “India-Pakistan can’t play bilateral series till the terror from Pakistan remains,” Vijay Goel had quoted.
Now, as per the reports in Dunyanews.tv, PCB Executive Committee Chairman Najam Sethi has blasted the Indian board with their remarks. He remarked that not India, but even ‘India’s father’ will have to hold the dialogues and discussions with Pakistan for the bilateral series. His statements are a direct translation of a popular Hindi slang.
He made these remarks while talking to the media at Lahore airport after returning back from the meeting in Dubai. He also conceded that the discussions that are afloat in the media about the Dubai meeting is wrong. PCB is keen on moving the matter to ICC if need be, conceded Najam Sethi.