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BCCI’s visit to Pakistan: PCB hopeful of Indo-Pak cricket revival, BCCI not sure of it

BCCI's visit to Pakistan: PCB hopeful of Indo-Pak cricket revival, BCCI not sure of it

  1. BCCI President and VP’s Unexpected Visit to Lahore.
  2. Cricket Diplomacy Revives Relations Between India and Pakistan.
  3. Hope and Camaraderie at the Heart of BCCI’s Lahore Sojourn.

The cricketing world witnessed a surprising turn of events as the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Roger Binny, and the Vice-President, Rajeev Shukla, embarked on a two-day official visit to Lahore. This unexpected visit was in response to an invitation extended by Zaka Ashraf, the Chairman of the Management Committee at the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), to witness the Asia Cup matches on Pakistani soil.

In a press conference held at a local hotel in Lahore, Rajeev Shukla expressed the sentiment of the BCCI delegation, stating, “We have come here on the invitation of PCB. We have very old cricket relations and we feel happy to be here.” This visit was hailed as a significant step in revitalizing cricketing ties between the two neighboring nations.

Rajeev Shukla emphasized that their visit was devoid of any political implications, clarifying, “Nothing political, we are going there as a goodwill gesture as Pakistan is the host of the Asia Cup.” He also acknowledged that the decision to play cricket in Pakistan would ultimately rest with their government.

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Roger Binny, a renowned former Indian cricketer, conveyed his gratitude to Zaka Ashraf for the warm invitation, saying, “Happy to be back in Pakistan after so long.” Their itinerary included watching the thrilling clash between Afghanistan and Sri Lanka, adding to the excitement surrounding their visit.

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The BCCI delegation’s schedule also features attendance at Pakistan’s Super 4 stage match, scheduled for September 6 at Lahore’s iconic Gaddafi Stadium. In a gesture of camaraderie, a dinner event was arranged at the Governor House to foster goodwill and strengthen cricketing ties further.

Zaka Ashraf, with optimism in his outlook, believes that this visit has the potential to breathe new life into the cricketing relations between India and Pakistan. As Pakistan successfully secured victories against Nepal and earned a valuable point in a rain-affected match against India, their journey in the Asia Cup continued to captivate fans on both sides of the border.

In a world where sports and politics often overlap, this visit stands as a beacon of hope, showing that cricket can transcend boundaries and serve as a bridge between nations. The BCCI’s presence in Lahore was not just about the game; it was about rekindling the spirit of cricketing camaraderie in a region where the sport holds a special place in the hearts of millions.

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