Ashraf made it apparent that it could not be one-way traffic as far as Indo-Pak cricket relationships were concerned. Zaka looks forward for the positive attitude by the opposite boards for the better future outlook for the cricket game.
The present chairman of PCB said at a press conference at the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore "We want to play India and have bilateral ties. But I think from now on the relations will have to be based on reciprocity and exchanges. We want to go and play in India but they must also tour Pakistan,"
Zaka's powerful words on cricket associations with India came after he come back home from Singapore where he was present for Asian Cricket Council conference exclusive of receiving any verification or sign from the BCCI delegation concerning when two-sided cricket ties between the two countries would be recommenced. PCB chairman come back home dissatisfied that the Indians had decided to give precedence to the Asia Cup at the cost of the Pakistan tour to India next year in March and April under FTP.
Zaka said "Unfortunately their president didn't come to attend the ACC meeting. But I am hoping to meet him next month during the ICC meetings. Where I think we need to have a frank discussion on where Indo-Pak relations stand,” The PCB chairman also made it comprehensible that he dreadfully required to see foreign squad start touring the country again and that is why he had invited the Bangladesh Board to send its players to Pakistan next year.
Zaka said "It is a question of breaking the ice. Once Bangladesh send their team I am sure we can tell the rest of cricketing world that conditions in Pakistan have changed and it is safe now to host international sporting events,". He continued "I think we need one team to tour Pakistan to let everyone know that it is not the same situation as it was when Sri Lankan team had its incident in Lahore."
Zaka said the Bangladesh Board would propel a high level safety delegation to Pakistan next month to examine and revise the defense position and provision based on which their players will tour Pakistan.
He said Pakistan expressed its significance in hosting the 2014 Asia Cup at the ACC conference in Singapore. "We have informed the ACC that we want to host the Asia Cup and we have got a positive response. So we are hopeful we can get this tournament in Pakistan as well," he said.
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