Pandove bats for sporting ties between two States of Punjab
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Giving his thumbs-up to begin sporting ties between Indian and Pakistani States of Punjab, a proposal initiated by Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on his return from Lahore in Pakistan, MP Pandove former Treasurer of BCCI, Senior National Selector, Chairman BCCI Specialised Academies and secretary Punjab Cricket Association, expressed his excitement.
He said that decision of Governments of both the States of Punjab for initiating "Punjab Cup" a bi-annual sports tournament comprising cricket, hockey, wrestling and tug-off-war would turn out to be a heartening event and will bind sports lovers on both sides of border. According to Pandove, the initiative will go a long way in benefiting the up and coming cricketers of both the States.
Adding more Pandove said that Punjab Cricket Association being the only body looking after and promoting the game of cricket in the State of Punjab would be thrilled to promote the proposal.
Pandove recalled that he had made very sincere efforts earlier also to have such ties between the two provinces who share similar culture, habits, language and food. He remembered the inaugural function of 1987 ICC World Cup in Kolkata where he had broached the subject with Col. Rafi Naseem, the then Secretary of Pakistan Cricket Board to initiate cricket ties between the two states. Pandove informed that Col. Rafi Nadeem appreciated the proposal and lot of correspondence was exchanged between Lahore Divisional Cricket Association but due to certain reasons it could not be materialised. Pandove felt that the close proximity of the two States would make it more cohesive and cost effective as it will not involve long travelling. He said that the game of cricket was being pursued as a religion in both the States and regular exchanges in future will certainly strengthen the cultural, sporting and trade ties as also the people to people contact which will bring in congenial atmosphere and would help both the countries.