Salman Butt on resuming Indo-Pak ties: “Impossible right now.”


Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt agreed with new PCB chairman Ramiz Raja that resuming Indo-Pak cricketing ties at this time appears impossible. Butt believes that there are currently too many ‘political differences’ between the two boards. Raja was asked whether Indo-Pak ties could resume at his first press conference since taking over as PCB chairman. His honest response was, “Impossible right now.” In support of Raja’s views on the possible resumption of Indo-Pak cricketing ties, Butt stated that relations can only improve if both countries want them to, adding:

“Ramiz Raja gave a very reasonable response when asked whether Indo-Pak ties could be brought back on track. He candidly stated that it is impossible as of now. There are a lot of political differences and a gap has been created in the relation between the two countries. Yes, somewhere along the line, the situation could improve. But, immediately, it is impossible, which is quite right.”

Salman Butt also stated that the resumption of Indo-Pak ties is not the country’s priority at this time. Butt believes it is more important to improve Pakistan’s overall cricket structure.

“He (Raja) doesn’t seem to be in a hurry as well to improve Indo-Pak relations. Action can only take place when both sides are ready, you cannot clap with one hand. This is definitely the right way to look at it. Also, right now this is not the issue at hand. What’s important right now is to improve Pakistan cricket and its infrastructure. Players have to be given the right path to move ahead. Everything should be on merit. These are things that Pakistan need to focus on at present,” Butt said.

“Yes, we all wish to see India-Pakistan matches. Fans on both sides are eager for the same. But some people think differently. At the moment, what they are thinking is happening. So this is not the time to think or talk about it,” the former Pakistan opener opined.

“We have to focus on our domestic and local cricket,” Ramiz Raja says in response to a question about the possibility of Indo-Pak cricket resuming.

“(On Indo-Pak bilateral games) Impossible right now… because the sporting model has been spoiled by politics, and right now it is a status quo, and we are not in a hurry on this issue because we have to focus on our domestic and local cricket,” Raja responded.

In recent years, India and Pakistan have only played each other in ICC events. The two will meet again on October 24 in Dubai for the T20 World Cup.

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