According to PCB Management Committee Chairman Zaka Ashraf, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Secretary Jay Shah has accepted an invitation to visit Pakistan during or before the commencement of the Asia Cup.
According to the publication, the move came after PCB and BCCI officials had two rounds of negotiations on the margins of an ICC Executives meeting in Durban, South Africa, on Tuesday.
The officials agreed to hold additional talks in order to re-establish bilateral cricket links.
PCB’s Ashraf acknowledged his two meetings with Indian officials within a day to The News from Durban.
“First, there was a three-on-three meeting with all senior officials from both countries present, who engaged in group meetings.”
Later, there was a one-on-one encounter. I discussed many ideas for resuming cricketing connections with Jay Shah, who was similarly enthusiastic and accepted my invitation to travel to Pakistan before or during the Asia Cup.”
He also invited me to visit India during the World Cup, which I gladly accepted. “I told him that the Pakistani people always respected and welcomed their visitors,” Ashraf remarked.
Both sessions, according to Ashraf, were fruitful since cricket authorities from both countries heard each other’s perspectives.
The best part is that both cricket bodies have agreed to strengthen ties through future conversations, said Ashraf.
Following years of break, such talks may mark the start of a new era in cricket between the two countries.