Mithali Raj in action. ©ICC

Pakistan Cricket Board chief Ehsan Mani said, “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.”

India and Pakistan have not played any bilateral series since January 2013. Both the teams have, however, met several times in the multilateral events.

Mani also confirmed that the Pakistan women’s team will play matches of the ICC women championship in India this November and the team’s participation will help them understand whether bilateral cricket ties between the two arch-rivals could be resumed anytime soon.

Currently India is third in the ICC Women’s Championship rankings with 16 points and Pakistan are fifth with 15 points. As both teams have only 6 matches more to play, forfeiting 6 points to Pakistan will be a huge blow for India’s bid for direct qualification.

He further revealed PCB’s plans to resume international cricket in Pakistan. West Indies travelled to Pakistan earlier this year for a three match ODI and T20I series.

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.

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