PCB believes Anurag Thakur is ‘playing for the gallery’


LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has refused to make any official comments in response to reports that Anurag Thakur’s will write a letter to the International Cricket Council (ICC) to not to put India and Pakistan in the same group in any multi-nation tournament.

A senior PCB official told that it is unnecessary to make any comments on these reports as nothing has come officially yet.

“We are hearing and reading such statements in recent days but we don’t think it is necessary to react to them at this stage,” he said.

Anurag Thakur, the BCCI president, who is also an MP at the moment and is the president of BJP’s youth wing said on Friday that India will not face Pakistan in any ICC event as well.

Earlier, he also said that any bilateral series against Pakistan is impossible in the current political situation between the arch-rivals.

However, PCB sources revealed that Thakur’s comments were not taken seriously as he is a politician as well and he has to make such comments for public.

“If they really don’t want to play Pakistan at all would they be willing to forfeit the match against us in next year’s Champions Trophy,” one source questioned.

“No changes can be made now (in Champions Trophy schedule) so what is the purpose of such statements except to play to the galleries,” another source said.

The source also revealed that whenever they met Anurag Thakur in an ICC meeting, he talked about having better cricket relationship.

“But for public consumption he gives different statements,” the source noted.

The source also said that India did not entertain the MoU signed between the two countries for playing six series between 2015 to 2022. If they are not willing to fulfill their promises then there is no point of having cricketing relation.