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Former skipper of the Pakistan National Cricket Team, Sarfaraz Ahmed, has expressed his desire of competing with the Indian team in bilateral series and having fun with them off the field. Sarfaraz Ahmed went back in time and said that he has seen former Indian and Pakistan players having fun with each other off the field and wishes the same to continue in contemporary times as well.
The two cricketing nations have not locked horns together in a bilateral series since 2012. The only time India and Pakistan play against each other in recent times is in an ICC event or a multi-nation tournament. Recently, former India and Pakistan all-rounder Yuvraj Singh and Shahid Afridi vouched for a bilateral series between India and Pakistan and Afridi went on to say that this could be bigger than the Ashes.
Now, Sarfaraz Ahmed has expressed his willingness to continuing cricket between the nations and having friendly relations off the field too.
Sarfaraz Ahmed Wishful Of An India-Pakistan Reunion
“Of course, there is this thing that people from India and Pakistan are quite passionate about Cricket and have loads of love for the game. I have personally seen that there is a good friendship between Pakistani and Indian players,” Sarfaraz was quoted as saying by CricTracker.
“When I had gone to India in 2007. Besides, when India came to Pakistan in 2008, I have even seen scenes when I have also seen players from both countries sit together and eat. But now, unfortunately, it is a scenario where-in we are not able to play matches, but I hope the situation improves and India and Pakistan are able to play cricket the way they used to,” Sarfaraz Ahmed added.
“You very well know how India and Pakistan matches are. No matter what kind of match it is, whether it is a bilateral series or any tournament people from both sides get all excited. At the Asia Cup, I had met Shikhar Dhawan in a program in Dubai and we both felt the same way. For us, we want to win against India, for them, they want to win against Pakistan. The public’s expectation is there to win against India. So that feeling was quite an outstanding one,” Sarfaraz Ahmed further said.
India And Pakistan Are Not On Good Terms
Pakistan recently hosted Sri Lanka in a T20I and Test series at home while Bangladesh also travelled to the country to play a three-match T20I series with the Men in Green. The series against both countries were hosted smoothly, and Akhtar believes Pakistan is safe to play for any international team.
Recently, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) dragged the BCCI to court for its alleged failure to honour the MoU signed between the two respective bodies for the scheduling of six bilateral series between India and Pakistan between 2015 and 2023. However, no such action in this regard can be binding and thus, BCCI did not seem very troubled with it.