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Majorly due to the continuous political tensions between the two countries, we haven’t seen the bilateral series between India and Pakistan in the last seven years. Former Pakistan captain and present bowling coach Waqar Younis confidently believes that India and Pakistan will involve in the bilateral series in next few years.
Since January 2013, India haven’t played a bilateral series against Pakistan, majorly due to the continuous political tensions between the two countries. Moreover, they played their last Test in December 2007. At present, they only meet in the ICC or ACC tournaments. Last time, they met in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 (League Stage) at Manchester on 16th June 2019 where Virat Kohli-led India beat their arch-rivals by 89 runs.
The 48-year-old Waqar Younis feels that almost every one of both countries’ cricket fans is eagerly waiting to experience the bilateral series between India and Pakistan. He even came with the suggestions of the future series names between India and Pakistan which could be Imran-Kapil Series’ or ‘Independence Series’ or some other names.
Waqar Younis said during a chat show QT20 for GloFans, “If you go and ask people of both the countries on whether Pakistan and India should play each other, everyone, around 95% of them will agree, that cricket between these two should be played.
“Be it ‘Imran-Kapil Series’ or ‘Independence Series’ or whatever name we give to it, I think that it would be the biggest hit of the world.”
Younis feels that the India-Pakistan bilateral series should be organised on a regular basis to see the happy faces of India and Pakistan cricket lovers.
He continued, “I think Pakistan India should play, and should play on a regular basis to avoid depriving cricket lovers of India and Pakistan.”
I do see Pakistan and India playing bilateral series: Waqar Younis
Waqar Younis even confidently believes that this bilateral series process between India and Pakistan will begin in the next few years either in India or Pakistan.
He added, “I do see Pakistan and India playing bilateral series. I am not sure where though, but I hope it will be either in Pakistan or in India. You don’t want to see them playing in some other country because that’s where you want to see them. You want to see them playing in their own countries. But I definitely say that in the next few years, I would say, Pakistan India will be playing.”
India and Pakistan last time met in a bilateral series in 2012/13 in India, while their last bilateral series in Pakistan was in February 2006. Meanwhile, their last international meeting in Pakistan was during the Super Four stage of the Asia Cup 2008 (at Karachi on 2nd July 2008), and their last meeting in India was during the Super 10 Stage of the ICC World T20 2016 (at Kolkata on 19th March 2016).