The newly appointed chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC), Greg Barclay has spoken his heart out on Indo-Pak issues that are not letting the two cricket-loving nations face each other in the bilateral series.
The last time when India and Pakistan faced each other in any bilateral series was back in 2012 when Pakistan defeated India in the ODI series. Since then, the arch-rivals have met in the mega ICC events.
Barclay says that he will adore two countries playing together like they used to play in the previous times. However, the new ICC chairman understands the political issues between the two nations but wants the revival of cricket and says the global cricket body has no influence in such matters.
Greg Barclay opens up on geopolitics affecting Indo-Pak cricket
“I would love nothing more than to see India and Pakistan continuing with their cricket relations like previously. I am also enough of a realist to understand that there are geopolitical issues at play here,” Barclay told to ANI.
“Beyond that, I do not think I have a mandate or ability to influence the outcomes more than that. That is really done at a level way beyond where we could be operating,” he added.
However, ICC, in Greg Barclay’s hold, will play its possible role to reunite two countries’ hearts for a reunion of Indo-Pak cricket that has got a huge global fan base.
“From the cricketing point of view, we would love to get those countries back together again on a regular basis. The ICC will do whatever it can to help facilitate and support an outcome that might see that happen,” he maintained.