BCCI's position on the Indo-Pak series is hypocritical: Ehsan Mani

KARACHI: CCP chairman Ehsan Mani said on Tuesday that it was a "hypocrisy" on the part of the BCCI that had let India face Pakistan in ICC tournaments, but ignored the bilateral series.

The BCCI has repeatedly said that it needs the government's permission to play bilateral rounds.

A frustrated CCP filed a claim for compensation of Rs 447 million to the ICC Dispute Settlement Forum for failing to honor a memorandum of understanding, requiring the two countries to play six bilateral series from 2015 to 2023.

The hearing in the case ended earlier this month.

"There is a lot of hypocrisy right now.India is playing against us an ICC event but is not playing bilaterally.This is a problem we need to look into," Mani told ESPN Cricinfo.

Mani stressed the need to re-establish bilateral cricket ties, as supporters on both sides are eager to see both countries face each other.

"The bottom line is that we play cricket against each other. When we play cricket, especially in our countries – whether we go to India or when they come here – we help to increase people-to-people contacts. Indian fans come to Pakistan. Lakhs of fans came from India to Pakistan and everyone goes back happy.

"There is no better way to improve relations between countries than to have sports contacts, cultural contacts, for me, it's much more important than n & # 39; No matter how much money goes into the game, "said Mani.

PCB has not been able to generate revenue because India has not been in its category for years now. Both countries played for the last time in 2012 at a short, limited bilateral game.

Mani said the Indo-Pak series had "the greatest financial value in the world," but he said the PCB's desire to reconnect was not limited to money.

When asked if Pakistani cricket could survive without bilateral agreements against India, he replied in one word: "forever."

"Money is not the problem, it's more the game," he said. "There are more viewers for an India-Pakistan match than for any other match in the world, so if the Indian government decides to deprive its own citizens of watching an India-Pakistan match, it's their choice. "

He also said that, India going to the 2019 general election, he knew that the chances of a series in the near future are low.

"The Indian public of course likes to see India and Pakistan play, just like the Pakistani public.The rest of the work goes to the politicians and frankly, once India prepares for its elections the next day, it will be the first time. next year, I do not think their attitude will not falter, but in the long run, people want it and you can not go against people's will forever. "

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