It’s about time Pakistan gives India a taste of their own medicine

Published: April 6, 2017

Fans of Pakistan's cricket team (L) and India's (R) cheer in the stands before Pakistan's Cricket World Cup match against India in Adelaide, February 15, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

The Pak-India tussle is always considered as one of the fiercest and most competitive rivalries when it comes to sports of any kind, whether it is hockey, football, kabbadi or cricket. The mounting pressure across both borders is nothing new but rather a normality to say the very least.

Ever since the Partition, India and Pakistan have always been on the forefront of controversy and politics. However, almost every time, cricket has been used as a diplomatic tool to bridge the ever increasing gap between the two countries which eventually results in nail-biting matches for cricket crazy fans.

Cricket – India v Pakistan- World Twenty20 cricket tournament – Kolkata, 19/03/2016. Hardik Pandya celebrates taking the wicket of Pakistan’s captain Shahid Afridi.
Photo: Reuters

Over the past few years, however, especially after the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore followed by the spot fixing scandal, the matches have trickled down, with both teams restricting to compete only in big competitions. The higher Indian authorities have always caused controversy and tried to avoid meeting Pakistan in domestic competitions and thus have been reluctant in arranging both Test and limited-over matches against Pakistan. In 2015, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Anurag Thakur dismissed claims of a potential series between the two nations, stating that such a scenario appeared “difficult”.

One of the main reasons as to why the fans have not yet seen a competitive Indo-Pak series is because the discussion has reached a tie between the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and BCCI over venue selection issues as well as who would host the big event. Most recently, however, the rumour mill suggests otherwise. According to confirmed reports, the BCCI has requested the Indian government to contact the authorities from the other side of the border and arrange a series. What is most surprising is the claim that the Indian team is ready to travel to Dubai, Pakistan’s home venue, to play the series.

After all the tension and the controversy surrounding the two nations over the past few years, a genuine question arises in the mind of every cricket fan, why has the BCCI decided to cave in and sacrifice their will for the sake of playing against Pakistan, an opponent they have been avoiding for quite some time and that too on their home turf?

Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi (R) celebrates with teammates after Pakistan won the one-day international (ODI) cricket match against India at the 2014 Asia Cup in Dhaka March 2, 2014.
Photo: Reuters

Cricket – India v Pakistan- World Twenty20 cricket tournament – Kolkata, 19/03/2016. Suresh Raina (2nd R) jumps to field the ball off the bat of Pakistan’s Ahmed Shehzad as India’s captain and wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (L) looks on.
Photo: Reuters

Pakistan’s cricket team celebrate after they won the final match against Bangladesh at the Asia Cup Cricket Tournament in Dhaka March 22, 2012.
Photo: Reuters

It seems from the naked eye, at least, that India has a free schedule and since the fans demand action, what is a better way to attract attention than a face off with their arch rival, Pakistan? However, it will be interesting to see the stance of the PCB and the higher officials. Even though the fans are dying to see their teams clash head to head, PCB should do what BCCI has been doing for years. In this tussle of egos, the chairman of the PCB, Shaharyar Khan, has every right to ignore the alleged invitation and focus on other matters at hand, primarily because India has done the same over the past seven years.

Not so long ago, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the higher authorities of the two countries. This memorandum indicated that both teams had to face off in at least six series from the years 2014 to 2022. However, the BCCI has broken the MoU and have hung the Pakistani cricket team out to dry. It’s probably high time the PCB chairman shows some mettle of steel and does what’s best for the self-respect of our country.

Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Shaharyar Khan speaks during the fourth day of the fourth test cricket match at The Oval cricket ground in London August 20, 2006.
Photo: Reuters

Khan has decided to take legal action against BCCI since they have have ditched PCB for three straight years. This might result in more political tensions but as the saying goes, it is an eye for an eye.

Khan has tendered his resignation from the current post of chairman of PCB to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif where he states,

“I will not be a part of PCB after August 2018 in any capacity. It is a personal decision; my health also is a reason. I have given it in written to the Patron that he can accept my resignation after the stipulated period and appoint a new chairman in accordance with the constitution.”

The Pakistan cricket team and its governing board have collectively suffered enough from the authority across the border and it’s time India gets a taste of their own medicine!

Raacikh Asghar

Raacikh Asghar

The author is a student of Political Science and has a keen interest in cricket. He also worked for The Nation's Sports Web Desk.

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Kulbhushan Yadav

    Do you know what a MoU is???Recommend

  • Rahat

    Where is the medicine..i think we should play with our brother- China..who else… are sometime and sometimes not… North Korea..Yes..but need to coach them first..who else….thinking.. Afghani’ they are in India’s club now..may be Pak XI with Pak XI-IIRecommend

  • Yogi Berra

    Reality is PCB is desperate to hold bilateral series with India to avoid sure bankruptcy. On the other hand BCCI is also opportunistic creature devoid of any morality and will play with Pakistan if they fill their coffers with millions of dollars. Thankfully India is now ruled by sensible man and he will keep India’s interests in mind.Recommend

  • Temujink

    Pakistan is like a emotional drama queen, want to do tit-for-tat with India for everything, even when they can’t “afford” to do so. Pakistan board is broke, most of their players resort to match fixing to keep up. Face it, Pakistan needs this more than India does.Recommend

  • Raj321

    Let us demolish Jinnah House and play a match on the ground so created. Cricket for peace !!!!Recommend

  • Ravi Sharma

    When I saw the title of your article ” It’s about time Pakistan gives India a taste of their own medicine” I rushed to read it to , hoping to find out about some new super deadly game plan the Pakistani team had devised to beat India after the regular/ routine/ shameful/ ??? defeats Pakistani cricket team has suffered at the hands of the Indian cricket team.

    But your article is the usual India bashing tirade . Congrats for this new take on Pakistani medicine. By the way, you must be aware that Pakistan is a big importer of Indian medicine.

    What say friend, did I play your ball well.Recommend

  • MQM

    india also giving you your medicine.Recommend

  • Enkay

    BCCI has only signed a Memorandum of Understanding subject to Government of India Approval. An MOU is NOT A CONTRACT! PCB can do its best but they cannot succeed.Recommend

  • Varun Mathur

    Sir, the reason BCCI asked the Indian Government for ‘permission’ to conduct a series seems simple enough. It is because their agreement with Pakistan has a clause that it cannot be binding if either Government declines permission.

    I think BCCI is simply fulfilling that legal requirement, so that it is protected contractually. They asked for the permission, knowing fully well that the Indian Government will deny permission.Recommend

  • zoro

    What was that about ….
    God help Pakistan with these type of Political analysts……Recommend

  • Ruby

    Are you sure you are a political science student? May be you should read about what an MOU means. And how local laws apply and take precedence over small things like a non-binding MOU.Recommend

  • Tom

    The word is MOU, not a contract. You may go and challenge in court…Recommend

  • Anoop

    MoU loosely translates to “we will try our best, you try your best”. Not enforceable in any court.Recommend

  • Shiva

    BCCI has lot of money to start with. Let’s all agree that PCB doesn’t want India to play cricket with them for the sake of fans. It all comes down to money PCB would get from hosting India Pakistan series. If PCB doesn’t want to host then well and good our players will have some more time to rest. We don’t even have to reschedule a different series because India doesn’t need money Indian players need the much needed mental and physical relaxation.Recommend

  • Paki Terrorist

    “Taste of their own medicine” … ??!! … do you even understand what it means … ??!!Recommend

  • kiran

    It is totally a political issue which is dragged into sports. And it authors like you who make it in even more personal.
    I have so many good friends from Pakistan and we enjoy time together well. And we know that people don’t hate each other including me.
    As a report you could have ended up the report on positive note between the two countries.
    Love from india :)Recommend

  • Jehangir Khan

    Pakistan claims to have self respect?! Wow.. That should be breaking news! “Ideological state, Pakistan, claims it has weapons of mass self-respect”Recommend

  • V Gupta

    Yeah, sure, go ahead. Cut your nose to spite your face. India is world cricket’s powerhouse, and Pakistan, its pariah. A foolhardy call indeed, asking beggars to be choosers !Recommend

  • Avinash

    BCCI has lots of options to be honest. there are many teams willing to tour india even for a short series just for the revenue
    this dream of paying back BCCI will only result in losses to Pakistani cricket and we dont care.Recommend

  • Fazlullah Omar

    Lol….good joke by failed beggar state Recommend

  • Max Max

    This article is funny to say the least. Fact is letter of BCCI is a matter of routine. Each time ICC will ask them if they would be playing Pakistan, for technical reasons they would express willingness and forward letter to seek permission for the same to Indian govt. If govt decides against it, they will forward the same decision to ICC. Wonder why is author dreaming beyond that? As far as taste of one’s own medicine is concerned, well….look within.Recommend

  • Siddharth Singh

    For your information, indian government rejected the series offer so no need for you to give us the taste of our own medicine. It is saying like i will buy a mansions with millions i never had :)Recommend

  • Rajiv

    Go on.
    MoU is not even a legally binding agreement.
    You Pakistanis will never understand how Indian brain works.

  • Concard_007

    I am not a great Cricket fan, so I didn’t read the article but I know what is in there. Indians are slowing moving away from Cricket. Cricket today does not excite the people the same way like some years ago. Yes this shift is not straight away visible. But trust me politicians are using BCCI as a milking machine. Cricket is still very much popular and it lays lot of golden eggs. Slowly and steadily we will divert the money we earn from Cricket into other games. Cricket is a dying game everywhere. It is done and dusted in West Indies long ago. It is dead in England home of Cricket. Australian football is now more popular than Cricket in Australia. Just a few South Asian countries are obsessed over this stupid game which is played for 5 days and one full day at times. Unless ICC commercializes the game by having only T20 games and bans useless Test and ODI matches, Cricket won’t survive for too long.Recommend

  • Salma Ansari

    I agree the article is very funny and nosensical. But what’s funnier and more nonsensical is the large number of Indians trying so hard to use Muslim names and mock Pakistan. Thank you Indians for visiting Pakistan websites.Recommend

  • rumi52

    What a silly article. Fact is India doesn’t need to play Pakistan financially or for cricketing reasons. The PCB should realise this hard truth and just get on with improving the internal set up of Pakistani cricket and try to raise standards. The PCB should quietly get on with this job while the Pakistani government needs to improve the security in the country. One thing I would say is that Pakistani players need to take their fitness and DIET more seriously. All top sportsmen are now very strict with their diet. Lets quietly get on with improving the Pakistani team and stop obsessing over India.Recommend

  • maynotmatter

    bete @asghar , grow up. Is it too much to ask to stop cross border terrorism which is effecting your own people too ? Resuming cricket is like ignoring a chronic illness in India – Pakistan relationship. While yes, we the common people will love to interact with each other in all forums, sport ties on national level is not detached from political ties between two nations. The fact why you guys keep on crying while nobody in India even cares about playing cricket with Pakistan is itself a hard and clean evidence on how desperate your team is to make some money. And the only way it will have any relevance in making sensible amount of money is to play India.Recommend

  • Sane

    We fully understand your ‘brain’, filled with hatred and terrorism plans for Muslims and minorities. You have a Hippocratic mindset everyone knows. Being biggest exporter of beef in the world and kill those who have or eat beef in India. You regard cow as mother of you and you slaughter and export beef to beef eaters throughout the world. Indian brain………Recommend

  • Sreekumar

    Do it… we are waiting.Recommend

  • Rishabh ranjan

    Salma its Pakistan and pakistanis who need to play these kind of petty games of making a fake id and playing games Indians don’t have that much time we don’t need to there are many muslims not only in india but also in whole world who abuse Pakistan every moment so don’t put much pressure on your brainRecommend

  • Sane

    What is your Hindu name and what town you live in India?Recommend

  • Sane

    Indians have lot of time. They are always on these pages. You Indians are members of Troll Army, funded by Govt. of India. Agenda is lies and lies and propaganda.Recommend

  • Sane

    There are some planted Indian Touts in Pakistani cricket. We damn care to play with India.Recommend

  • Patwari

    Are you afraid to let the readers know that you are a hindu?
    Why write under a Muslim name? Recommend

  • Rajiv

    Why don’t you get a Disqus ID?Recommend

  • Rajiv

    “Taste of their own medicine”
    and what medicine you are talking about?
    Was this article supposed to be a joke?Recommend

  • Kulbhushan Yadav

    If today BCCI writes a contract for series , dumps it and ask Sheryar Khan to pick it up, he would. There, thats the medicine you are talking about.Recommend

  • PatelPara

    ODI and test record of both teams head on is an evidence Pakistan is superior. 72 wins vs 58?

    the only way India gets that ODI record better is by only playing in ICC tournaments there the media will pressurize Pakistan to lose. Would require 14 more ICC tournaments encounters for India (if they all win) to better that lost ratio.Recommend

  • akhilgolikeri

    Lol u are big time comedians. Enjoy reading ur comedy stuff .Recommend