Shahid Afridi, the former Pakistan skipper who is known to give reckless statements has come up with another one on soured India-Pakistan relations. The veteran all-rounder said that bilateral series between India and Pakistan will not be possible since the Narendra Modi government is in power.
India and Pakistan have played in 59 Tests, 132 ODIs and eight T20Is where Pakistan have won the majority matches. But India have the upper hand in T20Is and World Cups. In both T20I and ODI World Cups, India proved as a dominant force.
Shahid Afridi: Pakistan Government Always Ready But Indian Regime With PM Narendra Modi In Power Bilateral Series May Not Happen
The two arch-rival teams have only played one T20 International series in 2012 as part of Pakistan’s tour of India. Each team won one match among two T20Is, leaving the series drawn. This series along with ODI series in 2012 which Pakistan won 2-1 were the last time the two sides met in a bilateral series in India.
India last toured Pakistan way back in 2006 before the Sri Lankan bus attack in 2009 which ensured no future series to happen in Pakistan for a decade or so.
“The government of Pakistan is always ready but with the present regime [in India] there are no such chances of [resuming] cricket relations, of [Pakistan-India] series. With Modi in power, I don’t see it’s going to happen,” Shahid Afridi was quoted as saying by Arab News.
Shahid Afridi was the world record holder for the fastest ODI century in 37 deliveries which was later broken by New Zealand’s, Corey Anderson after 16 years. He considers himself a better bowler than batsman and has taken 395 wickets in ODI and 48 Test wickets and is 2nd on the chart of most T20I wickets, with 98 wickets from 99 matches.
Meanwhile, Narendra Modi is serving as the 14th and current Prime Minister of India since 2014. He was the Chief Minister of Gujarat from 2001 to 2014.
Shahid Afridi: Pakistan Players Are Missing Out On Opportunity To Play In IPL
He further said that Pakistani players like Babar Azam are missing out big time by not being able to participate in the IPL. Pakistan players participated in IPL in inaugural edition 2008 only and the attack on Taj Hotel by Pakistan militants and the Sri Lankan team bus attack in Pakistan in 2009 prompted the government to think otherwise.
The attacks in Mumbai which drew widespread global condemnation began on 26 November and lasted until 29 November 2008 and resulted in the death of at least 174 people including nine attackers.
“I know that IPL is a very big brand in the world of cricket and it is an excellent opportunity for, whether it’s Babar Azam or many other Pakistani players to go there [to India] and play under pressure and share dressing rooms. So in my opinion Pakistani players are missing a big opportunity,” Afridi added.
The star all-rounder has also enjoyed his time in India. He further reiterated that he has got love from fans in India.
“No doubt, the way I have enjoyed cricket in India; I have always appreciated the love and respect that I have gotten from the people of India. And now when I speak on social media, I get many messages from India and I reply to many people. I believe that my overall experience of India has been excellent,” Shahid Afridi said on the love he got in India.
The IPL got underway finally on September 19 after a postponement from 29th March caused due to the coronavirus outbreak which also prompted cancellations and postponements of various sporting events across the globe.