The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Roger Binny and vice president Rajeev Shukla who attended the PCB’s gala dinner at Lahore on Monday described the atmosphere of an India-Pakistan match.
Roger Binny on India vs Pakistan Clash in Asia Cup 2023
Binny and Shukla travelled to Pakistan following an invitation to members of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) and other cricket boards by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to attend the mega event.
Binny said when India plays Pakistan, everything comes to a standstill. “On behalf of BCCI, I would like to thank to Pakistan Cricket Board for the invitation. I bring greetings from the BCCI, and from the cricket lovers of India. …India-Pakistan is one of the biggest games that is played, I can tell you…When India plays Pakistan, everything comes to a standstill, people don’t work, the roads are empty, and everyone is in front of the TV to watch cricket,” he said.
The BCCI chief also talked about the recent clash between the two countries in the Asia Cup with the rain-curtailed match on Saturday ending in a draw.
“We had a lovely game in Kandy which would have been an excellent game if carried on but the weather played a spoilsport and we did not get to see the finish,” the former Indian cricketer said.
“I must thank the Pakistan Cricket Board for its hospitality from the time we crossed the border this afternoon. It was an It was a wonderful experience,” he added.
Shukla said he had come to Lahore earlier and the Asia Cup provided another opportunity.
“I am really delighted to come to Lahore, I have found an opportunity to visit Lahore in the Asia Cup. I have been here several times and love this city,” he said.
“I remember in 2004, we had brought an Indian team to Pakistan…the tour had been finalized and there were many apprehensions about the security. But that time BCCI president was determined to send the Indian team to Pakistan…the 2004 series followed by the 2006 series, was the golden era of India versus Pakistan cricket,” he added.
In India vs Pakistan‘s Asia Cup 2023 group match, rain interrupted and ended the match as no result. The arch-rivals will lock horns once again in the continental tournament on September 10 at R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo.