Published: February 11, 2020 6:27:30 pm
A bilateral series between India and Pakistan appears to be like like a distant dream within the present circumstances as each the archrivals are going by way of a hostile environment. Amid this, India’s former all-rounder Yuvraj Singh and his Pakistan counterpart Shahid Afridi have advocated for a bilateral series between the 2 neighbours.
Both the group haven’t met in a bilateral series for eight years now since Pakistan had come to India to play in a three-match ODI series in 2012-13. India had visited Pakistan in 2006 for a Test and ODI series. Since then, the 2 nations have been enjoying in multi-side tournaments just like the World Cup and Asia Cup however not a bilateral tie.
Yuvraj and Afridi had been on the Expo 2020 Dubai cricket event and each pushed for the necessity to have extra India-Pakistan video games with Afridi even going to the extent of claiming that the Asian arch-rivals’ competitiveness guarantees one thing extra intense than the Ashes — cricket’s oldest rivalry between England and Australia.
Talking to Sport360, Afridi mentioned: “I think, if India and Pakistan were to have a series, it will be something bigger than the Ashes. However, we don’t seem to get it. We are letting politics get in the way of people’s love for this sport and their wish to come together.”
While Yuvraj Singh added, “Yes it has been on and off (bilateral cricket). I remember playing against Pakistan in 2004, 2006 and 2008 in bilateral series. These days yeah, there has not been enough of that. But these things are not in our hands. We play cricket for the love of the sport. We cannot choose which country to play against ourselves. But what I can say is that the more India v Pakistan cricket there is, the better it is for the sport.”
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