Ramiz Raja, who is serving as the Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, recalled getting an invitation for the IPL from the BCCI president Sourav Ganguly.
Raja has always been critical of IPL ever since becoming the PCB president. However, one of his dream projects was to introduce a four-nation series. The series would have featured India, Pakistan, England, and Australia. However, the ICC rejected it.
India and Pakistan’s bilateral series are on an indefinite halt due to the political differences between the neighbouring countries. Hence, these two face each other only during the ICC tournaments and the Asia Cup.
In a press conference on Friday, Raja revealed getting an invitation from Sourav Ganguly for the IPL on two different occasions. The PCB chairman thought it was a good opportunity to discuss the four-nation series with BCCI.
However, he revealed that, on both occasions, he couldn’t go as he feared fans’ reactions to his visit.
“He also has his concerns, unfortunately. On two different occasions, he invited me to IPL. Once in Dubai and once this year. I was confused about whether or not to attend. I thought if I went there, fans would not spare me. So there might be a cricketing sense to it (attending the IPL), but right now, there are some cracks that need to be filled because it’s a political game.”
He further revealed how disappointed he was with ICC and even talked about it with Ganguly.
“See, I’ve had conversations with Sourav Ganguly on the sidelines. I keep telling him there are 2-3 cricketers who are currently the board presidents or Chairman. So if we can’t bring a difference, what’s the point? Raja revealed.