Sourav Ganguly can help PCB resume Indo-Pak cricket ties, says Rashid Latif

LAHORE: It remains to be seen if Sourav Ganguly once again the catalyst will play for India and Pakistan to resume bilateral ties in the Cricket launch as former captain of Pakistan Latif Rashid has urged the president of BCCI to help the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) by taking the talks about Indo-Pak parties forward.

Latif, the former wicketkeeper batter, said it was Ganguly, then captain of India, who played an important role in India by agreeing to tour Pakistan in 2004 despite BCCI's reluctance.

"As a Cricket er and BCCI president, Ganguly can help (Ehsan) Mani and the PCB," Latif was quoted as saying by 'The Nation'.

"Unless full-fledged Pakistan-India bilateral series resumes, things won't improve for both countries. The world wants to see Pak-India playing Cricket ," he said.

"PCB CEO Wasim Khan should also play his active part to ensure top Cricket -playing nations come and tour Pakistan as it will help Pakistan Cricket and local players."

In 2004, when BCCI was reluctant to tour Pakistan, it was (Sourav) Ganguly, who persuaded BCCI and the players. It was a very memorable tour for India, as they managed to win here after a long gap, Latif added.

India secured the ODI series of five games 3-2 while also winning the three-game test series 2-1. India and Pakistan are only in the ICC tournaments now due to political tensions between the two countries.

Pakistan welcomed again Test Cricket after a long gap when Sri Lanka toured the nation recently. Pakistan won the series 2-0.

"The arrival of Sri Lankan team after more than a decade was a sigh of relief for not only struggling Pakistani Cricket but also for long-suffering masses. Majority of our Cricket grounds have also suffered badly in the absence of international matches," Latif added.