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People want India and Pakistan to play, says Younis Khan

Under the MoU Pakistan were due to host a series last year and were due in India next year.

By: AFP | Abu Dhabi | Updated: October 21, 2016 1:47 pm
Younis Khan, Younis Khan Pakistan, Younis Khan India Pakistan, India Pakistan Younis Khan, India vs Pakistan, Ind vs Pak, Cricket There has been no Test cricket between India and Pakistan since 2007. (Source: AP/File)

Senior batsman Younis Khan wants India and Pakistan to set aside their strained relations and resume five-day matches as both are giants of the game. “It’s my wish to play a Test in Pakistan again, play against India and against all top teams,” Younis told reporters in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.

“India and Pakistan are two giants of cricket — one number one and the other number two — so whatever the situation between the two nations it must be forgotten and cricket should be played, people want to watch them play.”

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There has been no Test cricket between the two nations since 2007. Bilateral cricket ties were severed in the wake of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, which New Delhi blamed on militants based in Pakistan.

Pakistan did tour India in December 2012-January 2013 for a short limited over series but that failed to revive full ties, including Tests.

The two countries have come close to war since last month’s attacks on a military base in Indian-administered Kashmir, again blamed on militants from Pakistan.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) repeatedly snubbed Pakistan’s calls for resumption of ties in the current scenario.

The Pakistan Cricket Board wants BCCI to honour its commitment of six series between 2015-2023 under a Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2014, but linked to Indian government’s clearance.

Under the MoU Pakistan were due to host a series last year and were due in India next year but considering the strained relations there are no signs of immediate cricket between the arch rivals. Younis said the situation was deplorable.

“Whenever we play India people watch the game with unmatched interest and the game gets good promotion in the region, it should be played and played regularly,” insisted Younis, part of Pakistan’s last Test tour to India in 2007.

The 38-year-old returns for Pakistan in the second Test against the West Indies starting in Abu Dhabi on Friday after missing the first Test — a day-night affair with the pink ball — in Dubai as he was recovering from dengue fever. Younis, Pakistan’s top run-getter in Tests with 9,456, hopes he gets to 10,000 runs in the near future.

“I never go after records,” said Younis, who compiled a monumental 218 against England in his last Test at The Oval.

“It’s my wish to be in that elite group of 10,000 runs because there is no Pakistani in that group.”

Younis reckons Pakistan’s good showing in Tests have increased support for the the five-day format.

“People now talk about us as a Test team and people who used to stay away from Tests are now coming back,” he said.

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  1. A
    adam khan
    Oct 21, 2016 at 7:11 am
    Pratap Singh may you are forgetting how many Sikh been killed by Hindu terrorist shame on you if you such a big man speak up for Kashmir people rights why can't they live in peace and will all have peace how many stani citizens have got killed by Indian sponsored terrorist attacks in stan all funded by your terrorist government you will never live in peace until you stop sending your spy agents who we have in custody and genicide of kashmiris modi is a war criminal
    1. I
      Oct 21, 2016 at 2:04 pm
      i believe you indians are actual terrorist.. mumbai attack was inside job of your own government ,so was uri attack... you imposters......
      1. A
        Oct 20, 2016 at 4:55 pm
        No they don't, if we have to play ina contest we can ..otherwise not at all.
        1. G
          Oct 20, 2016 at 4:55 pm
          For every 1 person who wants resumption of cricket ties, there are ten who dont. if stan seriously desires resumption of these ties, it needs to stop exporting terrorism into other countries.
          1. H
            Oct 20, 2016 at 5:14 pm
            This is totally false statement of stani cricketer. There is no probability of matches between two countries since a few politicians and army generals in power of stan between two countries, have created war hype to conceal their misdeeds i.e. looting of public money by abusing power. Why stani public have closed their eyes and are not overthrowing real enemies of their country rather than supporting them?
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