Ex-ICC president Mani says Pakistan shouldn't tour India for ODI series
Former International Cricket Council (ICC) president, Ehsan Mani has claimed Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has taken the wrong step by agreeing to play a small limited-over series with India without being reassured of any return series by the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI).
"Absolutely. I think the PCB is wrong to have agreed to this. If it is a political decision, then the PCB should have asked the politicians to make sure that India reciprocated by coming and playing against Pakistan even if it was at a neutral venue," Mani said during an exclusive interview with PakPassion.net.
"For Pakistan to go and play in India, when India owes Pakistan two series which it has cancelled out on, from a reciprocity point of view, it is totally wrong that Pakistan should be going to India," he added.
"My opinion is Pakistan should not be going to India at all. India or the BCCI went out of its way after the Mumbai attack to isolate Pakistan cricket at the ICC," he said,
Mani accused BCCI of exploiting PCB and added the Pakistan cricket won't gain anything from this series.
"BCCI knew full well that by refusing to play Pakistan even at neutral venue, they were going to cost Pakistan a huge amount of money, which they did, about USD 70 or USD 80 million," Mani said.
"This short series will enable BCCI to earn over USD 100 million, probably as much as USD 150 million. All we're doing is to help India make a lot of money out of us, with no assurance of a reciprocal tour," he added.
"So I think it has not been thought through properly. It is sort of trying to get the headlines. I don't see any benefit to Pakistan cricket in terms of getting cricket back to Pakistan by playing this series. Certainly, I am not in favour of it," he said.