It’ll be good for global cricket if Pakistan-India play: Mani

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ISLAMABAD-Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ehsan Mani believes Pakistan-India cricket does not take place because of the policy of the Indian government, saying it will be good for the health of global cricket if both the countries play.

“Pakistan-India matches are the most-watched cricket matches in the world. However, apart from the International Cricket Council (ICC) and Asian Cricket Council (ACC) events, we do not play against each other due to the policy of the Indian government. It will be good for the health of global cricket if we play against each other, however, in our planning, we do not take into account any bilateral series against India,” cricbuzz.com quoted Mani as saying.

To a question, Mani said that the PCB had no issues with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). “I do not have a fear that some countries will put their interests ahead of what is good for the game as a whole. We all owe a duty of care to the global game and the well-being of world cricket and not put our short term interests before it,” he said. On how critical was the next person on the ICC chairperson, Mani said a good leader would bring countries together and act in the best interest of all the Full and Associate ICC Members. “Shashank Manohar was excellent and provided the leadership ICC needed at a difficult time. I hope that the next chairperson will do the same,” he added.