Kolkata: It has been over a decade since India and Pakistan last faced off in a bilateral series. Pakistan visited India in 2012 for three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and two Twenty-20 Internationals (T20Is). The ODI series was won by Pakistan 2-1, however, the T20I series ended in a tie.
At the time, Zaka Ashraf, the head of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), made an unexpected disclosure, claiming that the board had dispatched spouses of cricketers to keep a watch on them.
The decision, according to the former PCB chairman, was done to keep the players out of any issue.
“During my tenure (as the president of the PCB) when our team went on a tour to India, I advised that the wives of the players will accompany them. The players made a slight objection but I said that their wives will keep a close check on the players. Eventually, everyone took it in a nice way and went to India,” Ashraf told Cricket Pakistan.
“Everyone remained disciplined as during previous tours, India would always try to trap us and tarnish the image of our players and country. This decision was taken so that no controversy could be created as Indian media is always on the lookout for that. So, we managed to avoid any controversy,” he added.’
Meanwhile, India last visited Pakistan in 2005/06 for three Tests and five One-Day Internationals.
The hosts won the Test series 1-0, while India rallied to win the ODI series 4-1.