Any news regarding the Indo-Pak bilateral ties seems to be gaining a lot of publicity and attention. While cricket fans eagerly await the resumption of the much-hyped rivalry, there are political elements within the society, against the resumption. Recently, former Indian batsman and legend Sunil Gavaskar opened up about the Indo-Pak cricket ties. Gavaskar said that world cricket would not suffer at all if the two countries did not play cricket with each other.
“They (India and Pakistan) unlike the Ashes, haven’t played bilateral series since 2012 and before that also the contest between the two was pretty sporadic. So, I don’t think this has affected world cricket at all,” he said. “No disrespect to the players of the both the teams but the excitement level will not be very high. When Sourav Ganguly’s team toured Pakistan in 2004-05 and Inzamam-ul-Haq’s team came to India in 2007-08, the excitement levels were way high because of the quality of the players in both sides,” Gavaskar said.
Gavaskar further added that the decision taken by the government should be given the top most priority. He said that playing cricket in Sri Lanka, without the government’s approval would be the least sensible thing to do. “Once again, with absolutely no disrespect to the current teams, I am not too sure if the clash between the two teams would be that exciting as those two series,” Gavaskar concluded.