In what can be called as one of the most bizarre claims the cricketing fraternity has ever heard, Pakistan’s limited-overs skipper Sarfraz Ahmed feels India are not playing their arch-rivals because they are afraid to do so.
Escalating political tensions and terror attacks on Indian soils has forced India to cut the bilateral ties with their bitter rivals. The two neighbors have not played a full bilateral Test series after the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks which led to the suspension of cricketing ties between the two countries. They played a short series of three ODIs and two T20 matches in India in December 2012 but otherwise, they have met only in ICC-organised events or the Asia Cup. The situation has only deteriorated after last year’s Uri attacks.
But recent reports are suggesting that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is waiting for the government approval to play a bilateral series against Pakistan later this year in Dubai. However, Sarfraz feels that the country which is number one in Tests, number four in ODIs and number two in T20Is is afraid of taking on his team.
“It’s always Pakistan who have come forward to play with India and they should respond positively. Perhaps India are afraid of facing Pakistan which is why they don’t play against us. It’s always fun to play in a match against India. We will try to win against India in the Champions Trophy but the main thing is for the team to fight for success against all teams.”
“I have not played IPL so don’t know much about it but if I look at how PSL has been organised, then I am pleased to say that it’s improving with every edition. Our PSL champions should play champions from other leagues like IPL and I am sure they will offer a good challenge to those teams,” added the player whose team is languishing at eighth position in the ODIs and is in danger of not directly qualifying for the next World Cup.
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