India-Pakistan Bilateral Series Need To Resume, Rivalry Is Important Like Ashes - Shoaib Malik

India-Pakistan Bilateral Series Need To Resume, Rivalry Is Important Like Ashes – Shoaib Malik

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Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik feels India-Pakistan bilateral series need to resume as their rivalry is important like the Ashes. India and Pakistan don’t play against one another due to political tensions between the two countries and they only take on take each other in the major ICC tournaments and the Asia Cup.

Malik feels it is crucial to keep politics away from sports but India and Pakistan have not played against each other in a bilateral series for a long time. The last time India and Pakistan locked horns with each other was when the former defeated the latter in the 2019 World Cup match of league stage.

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Shoaib Malik feels India-Pakistan should play bilateral series

The arch-rivals are also expected to take on one another in the upcoming Asia Cup, which is scheduled to take place in September. However, the tournament will be to subject to the situation of the coronavirus.

Malik added the Indian and Pakistan players share mutual respect with one another.

“I think the world badly needs this rivalry to resume, in the same way that world cricket needs the Ashes,” Malik told in an interview.

“Could England and Australia imagine Test cricket without an Ashes series? Both series are played with the same kind of passion and have such a great history, so it is a shame that we don’t play right now.

“Also, I have Pakistani friends who love to talk about Indian cricketers with respect and admiration. Similarly, I and my Pakistan team-mates are given such love and support when we play in India so it is a rivalry that I would like to see return as soon as it is possible,” the 38-year old former captain added.

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On the other hand, India has its wood on Pakistan in the last few years as they have been the better side. India also maintains a 7-0 lead in the World Cup matches against Pakistan. However, Pakistan had defeated India in the 2017 Champions Trophy final.

Meanwhile, Shoaib Malik is optimistic of Pakistan’s chances in the T20 World Cup, which will take place in Australia. However, the global event is hanging on by a thin thread and the final call will be taken by the ICC in July.

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