T20 World Cup: PCB chief Ramiz Raja says, ‘Need to create a cricketing bond with BCCI’

With just a week left for the high-octane clash between India and Pakistan, Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ramiz Raja has said that Pakistan needs to create a cricketing bond with BCCI. He said the two cricket boards should rise above the ongoing political tussle between two neighbouring countries.

“I met with BCCI President Sourav Ganguly and Secretary Jay Shah on the sidelines of the ACC meetings. We need to create a cricketing bond, while I have also believed that politics should stay away from the sport as much as possible and this has always been our stance,” Raza said.

“A lot of work needs to be done to revitalise Pakistan-India cricket but there needs to be some comfortable level between the two boards and then we can see how far we can go. So overall, we had a good discussion,” he added.

Notably, arch-rivals India and Pakistan will face off on October 24, Sunday. The two teams will clash each other after 2 years. They had last met each other in the 2019 World Cup in October.

Raza said the 2023 Asia Cup in Pakistan will be a 50-over competition.

“The ACC has agreed and approved that the 2023 event in Pakistan will be a 50-over competition and will be held in September. This aligns very nicely with the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, which will be held in October and November,” he said.

“We are looking forward to hosting this tournament in Pakistan and I am confident it will be a well-organised event because this is what the fans want,” Raja added further.

Meanwhile, the ACC has also confirmed next year’s tournament in Sri Lanka will be played on a 20-over format and will be a prelude to the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 to be held in Australia from October 16 to November 13.

On the ACC, Ramiz Raja said: “The ACC was set up to create a unified approach and collective stance so that we had one voice and if there was a situation, all stood together. I would like to see our relationship with other boards and the ACC be strong so that if there is an issue, like we had with the withdrawal of a couple of sides, a strong and joint statement could come out from the ACC platform.

“My message at the ACC was that we should not forget this philosophy and I am optimistic there will be better outcomes in future.”