It has been more than nine years since he last joined the bilateral cricket series between India and Pakistan. Political tensions on both sides of the borders have limited India-Pakistan cricket to purely ICC events. However, last week, reports surfaced that discussions were afoot to resume India-Pakistan relations. A Pakistani newspaper known as Zang quoted an unnamed source from the Pakistan Cricket Board as saying.
Although former cricketers from India and Pakistan do not seem at all confident of the possibility of this happening, Shahid Afridi gives his insight as to why the resumption of the India-Pakistan bilateral series is the way forward for both teams.
Afridi said that cricket is very important between Pakistan and India. Sports should be kept away from politics. Cricket can improve relations between the two countries.
The last India-Pakistan bilateral series is December-January 2012/13, when Pakistan played a three-match ODI series for India and won the series 2–1. Ever since India and Pakistan have faced each other in ICC events – 2014 World T20, 2015 World Cup, 2016 Asia Cup, 2016 World T20, 2017 Champions Trophy, 2018 Asia Cup and 2019 World Cup.
Although India and Pakistan are involved in bilateral relations, a far-reaching consideration, Afridi said that the restart could mean good things for both countries. Afridi said, I have said before that Indian cricketers enjoy visiting Pakistan. You can improve relationships through sports, but if you don’t want to improve them, they will stay the same.
Meanwhile, in the next round of the World Test Championship, India and Pakistan faced each other and batted for India and Pakistan. Raja next suggested a new format for the WTC, where all teams should face each other, which raises hopes of a Test match between India and Pakistan, the last of which was played in 2007.
The current format was omitted and lengthened and by no means was the India and Pakistan series. The teams did not play the same number of matches and even the points system was awkward. There should have been a 3-month window and everybody should have played against each other.