Winning a series on foreign soil for any captain is a big achievement. Not only that, the incidents of that time are always remembered. Something similar happened with Sourav Ganguly. In 2004, under the captaincy of Ganguly, India visited Pakistan. During this time, Team India proved itself in Pakistan while proving its superiority in the Test series and ODI series. But due to tight security, Ganguly and team could not celebrate that victory.
According to the Deccan Chronicle, Sourav recalled that incident in Kolkata, “We could not even celebrate that victory because of tight security. I got out of the hotel’s back door and came to eat kebabs in the market with my friends. At that time, Rajdeep Sardesai (senior journalist) has seen me, They recognized me from a distance and said – what are the Indian captains doing with their friends in Pakistan’s food street?
Ganguly said, “I understood that the fun of my dinner has become gritty. Within a minute, I got a phone call from Intelligence and I had to return to the hotel immediately. Since I had won the series as captain, no one has reprimanded me … but on the second morning, I received a call from Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf. He told me ‘The next time you went out like this and if something bad happened then the war would start between the two countries’.
The Indian government is not in favor of playing Test cricket with Pakistan. Sources say that the series is tough now between the two countries. Under the ICC Test Championship, the series between India and Pakistan will be played. In this regard, BCCI officials had met Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore. Soon BCCI will decide on this.
An official of the board said, ‘It was courtesy and was decided long ago. Since assuming charge of Rathore, they wanted to meet him. They also talked about cricket relations with Pakistan. He said, the matter of playing or not playing with Pakistan will not be the case of the sports ministry but the PMO and the Home Ministry will decide.