Former Indian cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu, who recently went to Pakistan to attend Imran Khan’s swearing-in ceremony as country’s prime minister, spoke to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Senator Faisal Javed regarding a cricket series between the winning teams of Indian Premier League (IPL) and Pakistan Super League (PSL).
According to Geo TV, Sidhu and Javed discussed a three-match series between Islamabad United and Chennai Super Kings, winners of respective T20 leagues in both the countries over a telephonic conversation on Tuesday.
According to the report, during the conversation, it was decided that Sidhu would inform the Board of Cricket Control India (BCCI) and Javed would share the series’ proposal with Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
The PTI senator said that a discussion would later be held on dates and venue for the proposed series. He said that cricket matches would help bring the two countries closer.
The two countries have not been involved in a bilateral series since the 2012-13 limited-overs series which comprised two T20Is and three ODIs in India. However, they both have been facing each other in ICC events.
In Asia Cup 2018, both the arch-rivals will face each other on September 19.
In June 2014, the BCCI and the PCB signed Future Tours agreement during the ICC annual conference in Melbourne to play six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023. Political tensions between the two countries, however, have prevented this from taking off.
Sidhu’s visit to Pakistan has already courted a controversy after he embraced Pakistan Army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa and was also seen sitting next to Masood Khan, Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) President during Imran’s swearing-in ceremony as Pakistan prime minister. However, the cricketer-turned-politician defended himself saying the gesture made was an “emotional one” and his trip to Islamabad was not a political one.
Along with Sidhu, Imran Khan had extended invitations to former Indian captains Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev. However, Gavaskar and Kapil turned down the invitations owing to the volatile relationship between the two countries.