ICC chief would be happy to see a Pak-India series
ICC chief David Richardson would be delighted to see a series between Pakistan and India as he was hopeful that both boards can agree on it in the near future. His views were quoted by DNA India.
“One of the things that we have spoken about in the [ICC board] meeting is the success of the Test series like the Ashes and, hopefully, the Freedom Series between India and South Africa. This [Pakistan-India] is just another iconic series waiting to happen. Purely from a cricket point of view, we would be very happy for that series to take place,”
As regards to the international events both teams will participate in, ICC chief said that every team should participate in ICC accredited tournaments as all tams have signed an agreement on that issue with the ICC and issues a warning of sorts that if a team does not participate they will have to face the consequences.
“It wasn’t mentioned in the meetings at all. The PCB and all other full members have signed participating agreements to partake in our events wherever they are,” he said.
”Well, the agreement that they have signed is an agreement. If you breach an agreement, then there are consequences. But as far as I am concerned, it is not even coming close to it.”
He was also sure that India will do a good job in managing another ICC event in their backyard as they have have the resources and experience to carry out such events effectively and successfully.
“Over the last 10 years or so, the BCCI has held and staged a number of big cricket events. They have the ability to stage events and they have improved tremendously. We have utmost faith that they are going to put on a good tournament.”
The ICC T20 world cup will be held in 2016 and the chief said that schedules are still a work in progress and by the end of October the launching ceremony will take place. Recent anti Pakistan incidents in India have given rise to concerns to Pakistan’s cricket team security in India during the mega T20 event. Richardson said that he will not finalise the schedule without taking care of every related issue.
“At the moment we are in discussion with the BCCI over the schedule. Once that is concluded in the next few days, we will hold an official launch of the tournament towards the end of October. We will look to make it the biggest and the best World T20 that we have had till date,” he added.
”I think that is a consideration that we have to bear in mind while finalising the match schedule. The security position as far as Pakistan in Mumbai is concerned is correct,” he said.