Will not beg India to play cricket with us, says Pakistan cricket board chief

File photo of PCB chief Ehsan Mani. Photograph:( PTI )

Agencies Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan Jun 14, 2019, 12.57 PM (IST)

India and Pakistan are getting ready for the big clash on Sunday during the ongoing Cricket World Cup. Ahead of the match, Pakistan cricket board (PCB) chief Ehsan Mani said his team will not beg to play cricket with their neighbours.

Both the team have not played a bilateral series since 2013; they have mostly faced each other in multilateral events.

"We will not beg India or any other country to play cricket with us; we want resumption of bilateral cricket ties with India in a decent and dignified manner," Pakistan daily Dawn quoted Mani as telling the media at the Gaddafi Stadium on Thursday.

He further revealed PCB's plans to resume international cricket in Pakistan and said that they will host Sri Lanka in September for two Test matches in what would be a part of the ICC Test Championship which will be spread over two years, concluding in 2021.

Mani further said that the cricket board is trying to persuade the foreign teams to visit Pakistan and in this regard he is utilising his experience of heading the International Cricket Council (ICC) and his personal relations with different cricket boards.

"We want to see our cricket arenas having international cricket activities on a regular basis, the way it used to be in the past and we are speeding up our efforts and contacts with cricket playing nations, as (now) things have improved a lot as far as the security situation is concerned," he said.

India have an excellent record against Pakistan in World Cups. Both the teams have met six times before in the prestigious quadrennial event and on all occasions, the Men in Blue have emerged victorious.