New PCB chief Ramiz Raja drops bilateral cricket between India and Pakistan, declares ‘It’s impossible right now’

Ramiz Raja, the newly-elected chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, said that resuming bilateral assignments with India is “impossible right now” and that he is “not in a hurry” to do so because his country’s domestic circuit is his priority at the moment.

Raja has a big job ahead of him with numerous key matches coming up. The T20 World Cup 2021 is just over a month away, while the World Test Championship is well underway. Furthermore, after a long absence, giants such as Australia and England are planning to visit Pakistan next year. As a result, Raja will be responsible for overseeing all of these tasks.

The 59-year-old after being unanimously elected, acknowledged that it is one of the most difficult roles in cricket. “It is a huge challenge, and the prime minister (Imran Khan) had to check a lot of boxes before he chose to grant me this difficult job,” he said during a press conference.

When asked if a bilateral series between Pakistan and India could be revived, Raja responded, “Impossible right now because the sporting model has been spoiled by politics and right now it is a status quo and we are not in a hurry on this issue because we have to focus on our domestic and local cricket.”

When it comes to the much-anticipated Indo-Pak game, Raja has made it obvious that he wants to see his countrymen win. In the reversal, India and Pakistan have met 11 times in World Cup tournaments, with the former winning each game. As a result, it will be fascinating to watch if the Men in Green can end their losing skid.

Notably, the last bilateral series between India and Pakistan took place in India in 2012-13. Since then, the two cricket superpowers have only met in multi-national contests such as the Asia Cup and ICC events. The two arch-rivals will next face off in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 ground stage. On October 24, the high-octane match will take place at the Dubai International Stadium in Dubai.