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Cricket with Pakistan

Ashok Karnik
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...whether cricketing ties between the two countries should be resumed..... it is a truism that sports and politics should be kept apart....

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Preliminary talks between the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the Board of Control in India (BCCI) set off debate whether cricketing ties between the two countries should be resumed. It may all be premature but the PCB is keen to resume cricketing ties for two reasons: it wants to end Pakistan’s exclusion from countries hosting international cricket and more importantly to shore up its financial position. India is one country that guarantees huge revenue in any match that it plays. Pakistan-India matches, even if played in UAE, will guarantee enough broadcasting revenue for the PCB. The BCCI has agreed, in principle, to resume cricketing ties but its decisions are wholly dependent on what the Government of India thinks. It is doubtful if the BCCI is itself keen on immediate resumption of cricketing ties as it has to reckon with public reaction to this decision. The GOI in turn has also shown reservations about the enterprise.
COUNTER POINT

It is a truism that sports and politics should be kept apart. Everyone accepts the notion but reality steps in very rudely. Sports serve a great purpose in lessening friction between countries. This applies to countries that have occasional irritants affecting their relations. It is different with Pakistan. It is fighting an undeclared war with India; there are daily incursions in which Indian soldiers are killed routinely. The atmosphere gets vitiated from day to day. It is naïve to hope that nothing will happen from now till December 2015 when the tour is scheduled. Any small incident will mar the tour. The furore that it will create can damage the BCCI and also the GOI. The Pakistan Government, which might guarantee security, is not capable of controlling the situation even if it is sincere. Do the GOI and the BCCI want to take a chance in the fond hope that everything will be fine.

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