Too much cricket could rob Indo-Pak ties of its charm

Published: Tuesday, April 26, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Islamabad:The revival of Indo-Pak cricketing ties may have generated a lot of public interest and also led to cricket diplomacy between the two countries, but both the Boards are now concerned that excessive cricket between the two countries may result in people losing interest in the traditional contest.

Concerned that too much cricket between the two countries could rob the ties of their customary charm and excitement, the officials of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) would be discussing the issue during India's tour of Pakistan next year.

"After India completes its tour of Pakistan sometime in January-February next year both the Boards are going to sit down and discuss this issue," PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan was quoted as saying by local daily The News today (April 26, 2005).

"We feel that perhaps Pakistan and India are playing too much cricket against each other since the revival of cricket ties and we need to reach a bilateral agreement on how much cricket we should play against each other in a, say, five-year cycle," he explained.

Since the Indian government allowed its team to tour Pakistan last year in March-April after a four-year freeze in bilateral cricket ties with Pakistan, both teams have played 15 One-day Internationals and six Tests against each other in a 11-month period.

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