Ind-Pak to resume cricket ties: Muthiah

Published: Friday, May 25, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Lahore: Bilateral cricketing ties between India and Pakistan could be resumed soon, BCCI chief A C Muthiah has indicated. In an interview to 'Dawn' newspaper, Muthiah who is here to attend the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) meeting, said the improved relations were a signal that the two countries resume their cricket relationship suspended since Kargil war. India had allowed its national team to play against Pakistan in multination competitions. "The ice would further melt and the bilateral matches could also be resumed with the passage of time between the two countries," he hoped. Muthiah, did not agree that the cricketing ties between the two countries were strained. "We are here to attend the ACC meeting. The Indian team will be playing a match in the Asian Test Championship in Pakistan. So things are moving towards better relations," he said. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president agreed that resumption of cricketing ties between the neighbours will promote the game in the Asian region. "Both countries are giants of the game in Asia and only their collective efforts can promote cricket in the continent," he said. He refused to comment on newly elected president of the Bihar Cricket Association(BCA) Laloo Prasad Yadav that he will hold a day-night match between Pakistan and India at Patna. "The match can only be allowed as a part of any multination contest," he said adding that the BCCI has not received any request from the BCA in this regard. The BCCI president said that there was no fear of postponement of the Indian team tour to Sri Lanka due to a court's order of the host country, preventing the newly appointed interim administration from operating the Board's bank accounts. "The decision, was an internal affair of the Sri Lankan's and would not affect the Indian tour in August," He said. Muthiah also refused to comment on the match-fixing scandals saying, "I can't speak on such issues."

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