You can not force India and Pakistan to revive links: ICC
International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Dave Richardson said the world cricket body is in favor of India and Pakistan to resume cricket ties, but added that he can not intervene in the case concerning Advice two countries. “We realize how important it is for cricket in the world to have regular matches between Pakistan and India, but unfortunately the ICC can not intervene in this matter as it is a purely bilateral issue between two planks, “Richardson was quoted as saying by PTI.
Richardson noted that the viewer and the viewer interest to Pakistan and India matches was phenomenal and it was great for cricket as a sport. “We saw the interest and hype their matches even generate in the events of the ICC, but after the new governance system maintaining bilateral visits should be decided between the individual boards and the ICC is only responsible for the official display game, “he said. “So we can not interfere or do anything in this case, but we would like to see them play bilateral games again,” he added.
Richardson also dismissed the impression that the ICC was not happy about the revival of international cricket in Pakistan with the tour of Zimbabwe side recently. “We sent the match officials because we look at a situation differently of national teams, but it’s not like we do not support having international cricket in Pakistan. I thought it was a boost for Pakistan with passion for their people showed Zimbabwe series. International cricket is Pakistan as a strong nation and cricket team and we are always looking for ways to support them, “he said.
ICC refused to send its match officials for the limited series in Pakistan played the end of May, but it gave an international status to the T20 and ODI matches played between the two sides. Zimbabwe became the first test side to visit Pakistan in six years. Richardson also said he always liked to go to Pakistan, but this time could not accept the invitation to visit Lahore for the Zimbabwe series due to prior commitments. “I am in the United States for business and could not get out of there. But I went to Pakistan several times after 2009, “he said.
Richardson added that if another board wants to send its team to Pakistan, it is a matter between the two cards and they have to deal with all aspects of the tour.