Don’t see any problem in India hosting Pakistan, says VVS Laxman

VVS Laxman pointed out that the fans enjoyed the game when Pakistan toured India in December.

By: Press Trust of India | Mumbai | Published: June 3, 2014 10:57 am
Pakistan last toured India in December, 2012 for a short limited overs series (Source: Reuters) Pakistan last toured India in December, 2012 for a short limited overs series (Source: Reuters)

While comparing the contest between India and arch-rivals Pakistan to the Ashes, former India batsman VVS Laxman said India is safe to host the matches, should a bilateral series between the neighbouring countries take place.

The stylish Hyderabadi batsman pointed out that the fans enjoyed the game when Pakistan toured India in December 2012- January 2013 for three ODIs and two T20s.

“When Pakistan came for three one-dayers and two T20, the crowd really loved it. I don’t think any problem would be happening. It is like Ashes and everyone looks forward to the Ashes and the England and Australia rivalry and it is traditional rivalry.

“I think it is the same, on par with the Ashes, the India Pakistan rivalry. I don’t see any problem hosting in India but I am not sure about Pakistan. Ramiz (Raja) is a better person to tell. I know for a fact that since the attack that happened on the Sri Lankan cricket team, lot of players are apprehensive of going there,” Laxman said at the Ceat Cricket Rating awards.

Former wicket-keeper batsman Syed Kirmani, however, suggested that the best way to revive the cricketing ties between the two country was to host the series at a neutral venue in Asia.

“The best thing to start the bilateral relations is to have India Pakistan play at a neutral place to start with. I think that would be the best idea to go about to having a series with Pakistan,” the former India stumper, who was part of the World Cup winning squad in 1983 said.

“It should be in a neutral place. It will give an opportunity if Pakistan and India play in Asian countries where the Asian Cricket Council is trying to promote cricket.

It will be a wonderful opportunity for those Asian countries to see the top two teams of Asia play one another and that would be a source of inspiration,” he added.

Former Pakistan player and cricket commentator Ramiz Raja said, “It (India Pakistan series) must happen because it is great for the game.”

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  1. R
    Jun 3, 2014 at 5:59 am
    You may not see any problem from the cricketing perspective. What about the country and the victims of 26/11 and our soldiers whose heads are in stan. What is your reaction to stani militants rejoicing after beheding our jawans. Cricket has turned from a gentleman's game to a mony generatng sport. stan needs that money which could only be earned by playing with India. stan uses this only to fill up her coffers not to foster goodwill. The link at the current level is more than enough. Let us not forget our men in uniform, the victims of 26/11 and our mother land.
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