It would be good for cricket if Pakistan and India play, says Azhar Ali

Azhar Ali pointed out that at the end of the day decision on cricket ties between the two countries was not for the players to make.

By: PTI | Karachi | Published: July 29, 2015 11:14 pm
India, Pakistan, India vs Pakistan, India cricket team, Pakistan Cricket team, India vs Pakistan cricket, Ind vs Pak, Ind vs Pak cricket, cricket news, cricket Azhar Ali said that it was every player’s dream to play against India. (Source: AP)

After Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq, Pakistan’s one-day skipper Azhar Ali is also keen to see a revival of bilateral cricketing ties with India.

Despite the Indian cricket officials ruling out any chances of a bilateral series with Pakistan at the moment after the terrorist attack in Gurdaspur, Azhar said it was every player’s dream to play against India.

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“It would be good for cricket if Pakistan and India play. We want to play because doing well against India is always special,” the 30-year-old said.

But he pointed out that at the end of the day decision on cricket ties between the two countries was not for the players to make.

“It is in the hands of the cricket authorities and governments. If we can have a series with India it would be great,” Azhar said.

Pakistan’s cricket community has largely spoken in favour of having cricket ties with India despite the tensions at the government level after the Gurdaspur incident.

“It is difficult to say at the moment whether we can have a series against India in December. Everything will now depend on what happens in the next few days after this Gurdaspur incident,” the former Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, Najam Sethi, said.

“We have to wait and see whether sections of the Indian media or government start blaming Pakistan for this incident. But as far as cricket ties are concerned, decisions are made at last moment,” he added.

Another former PCB Chairman Khalid Mehmood said it was unfortunate that cricket ties between Pakistan and India had always been affected by politics.

“What is noteworthy is that whenever India has to host us they manage to do it regardless of the situation between the two countries. The problems arise whenever it is time for Pakistan to host a series against them,” Mehmood noted.

Former captain Rashid Latif said that he firmly believed in keeping sports and politics apart but unfortunately the reality was different.

“Many of us would like to see sports and politics being kept apart but in the real world this doesn’t happen or the Western bloc would not have boycotted the Moscow Olympics nor would England or Australia refuse to tour Zimbabwe in the past years,” said Latif.

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  1. Syed Shah
    Jul 29, 2015 at 11:29 pm
    India is always afraid of losing to stan and only plays when it is sure of a win, hence they come up with excuses to not play Pak as in during the Wasim Akram era. Its so obvious, its sad and funny at the same time. Just admit it, don't make lame excuses.
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    1. Mlv Krishna Chaitanya
      Jul 30, 2015 at 8:11 am
      Not needed... India and stan playing against each other might be good for World Cricket but not good / will not be liked for terrorists in stan and it's territorial ISIS.. If stan lose match they will definitely act violently and playing in stan is something lose hopes for life... India will play against stan only if terrorist organisations said no concern and stan start acting on the ties/talks as discussed by Modi with Nawaz Shariff in recent meet... Till then or all things mentioned happens... No No No.!!!
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        kashmir cry
        Jul 30, 2015 at 2:38 pm
        indian and innocent? funny
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          shah
          Jul 29, 2015 at 11:47 pm
          are terrorist and they want to earn more money to fund their terror acts against humanity. They are killers of shia bhori ahmediya. All peace living people fear terrorist s shah .
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            shah
            Jul 29, 2015 at 11:57 pm
            Wasim akram earn his livelihood by teaching Indian cricket and not to terrorist as he now know human live is important then religion and its gods Allah's and bhagwan
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