Former Pakistani star all-rounder Shahid Afridi has opened up about his views on the strained relationship between India and Pakistan. The veteran cricketer opined that cricket is essential to improve relations between the two countries.
“Cricket between Pakistan and India is very important. Sports should be kept away from politics. Relations between the two countries can improve because of cricket,” Cricket Pakistan quoted Shahid Afridi as saying.
“I have said this before as well, Indian cricketers enjoy coming to Pakistan. You can improve relationships through sports but if you don’t want to improve them then they will remain the same way,” he said while talking to media personnel on Tuesday.
Due to the intense political rift between the two nations, India and Pakistan have not played a single bilateral series for nine years. Both the teams last played a full-fledged bilateral series back in 2007, although Pakistan toured India for a goodwill series in the 2012-13 season.
India has cut bilateral playing ties with Pakistan since 2008 after the bombing of the horrifying Mumbai terror attacks. However, both teams have continually competed in the International Cricket Council (ICC) tournaments.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has raised its voice against India’s denial to engage in a bilateral series with their national team several times and have also appealed to the ICC’s dispute resolution committee in the past to resolve the matter. However, no outcome in favour of the bilateral series has come so far.