31 October, 2020

Pak Board Stiff

The PCB re-evaluates its policy of blindly backing the BCCI

Pak Board Stiff
In the last 23 years, since the resumption of bilateral cricket between 1977-78 and 2001-02, Indo-Pak cricketing ties have remained dependent on a flare-up here or a thaw there. But regardless of the relationship between the two governments, and whether cricket was being played or not between the countries, the cricket boards of both Pakistan and India have been close allies in the International Cricket Council (ICC). When the chips were down, or when a stand was to be taken, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) could count on each other.

The most recent manifestations were Jagmohan Dalmiya going out on a limb using his authority as then ICC chairman to throw the ban on Shoaib Akhtar out of the window and Pakistan first standing firmly behind the BCCI on the Mike Denness affair, following it up with mediation between Dalmiya, Speed and Gray through Ehsan Mani, the next ICC chairman.

But it seems the era of unstinted support is now over, as, perhaps with some prompting from the government, there has ostensibly been a...


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