Indo- Pak series greater than the Ashes – Shahid Afridi

Krishna Chopra / 18 September 2015

Worshipped Pakistani all rounder and T20I captain Shahid Afridi feels that the inaugural edition of the much anticipated Pakistan Super League (PSL) should be played in Pakistan. The PSL is scheduled to be played in February 2016 in Doha, Qatar.

Speaking with his heart up his sleeve, Afridi said, “It would be great if PSL could have been held in Pakistan.”  “As we were talking about the revival of cricket in Pakistan after the Zimbabwe tour to Pakistan, we started to hope that cricket would continue to be played here. Our cricket should be played within our own territory. It looks good if our grounds get revived, filled with crowds and our own players get the maximum benefit out of it.”

The charismatic all rounder also voiced his opinion about reviving cricket in Pakistan. Zimbabwe toured Pakistan earlier this year, but since then, there has been absolutely no progress regarding the revival of international cricket in Pakistan.

“I am not worried if foreign players come or not, but what is important is the revival of cricket in Pakistan and our youngsters get opportunity to play in front of big crowds,” Afridi said. “It isn’t possible that we invite foreigners and do not come. I spoke to some players and they are ready to come. If we give good offers to foreign players I don’t see any reason why they won’t come. The circumstances of our country are getting better and better,” Afridi said.

Afridi also said that if the Indo-Pak rivalry was resumed, then it would be bigger than the Ashes. “Pakistan has always welcomed India, last time when India toured Pakistan nobody has seen such a welcome to any team in the world. We have always supported India in tough times but it’s their government decision. But I understand people from both countries want to see their teams play each other. If we play each other it would be a bigger series than the Ashes.”

With Pakistan scheduled to face Zimbabwe in a limited overs series, Afridi said that his side wouldn’t make the blunder of underestimating the opponents. “Obviously no doubt they are a fine side. I never underestimate any team especially in T20 format as once the game slips out of your hand it’s really hard to fight back. They are playing so well and I have seen their recent performances. They are in form as a team. Playing at their home ground in their own conditions is always tough. Even the matches here in Pakistan, in our home series, we never won them with ease,” Afridi said.

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