first_imgImage Courtesy: Gulf News/ReutersAdvertisement 32b3NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsv74Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Emlqzf( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 6793j3Would you ever consider trying this?😱9v1Can your students do this? 🌚11Roller skating! Powered by Firework Its been four years since India and Pakistan have played a bilateral series on either country. Since the 2016 ICC T20 World Cup hosted by India, the bitter neighbours haven’t taken each other for any Test or limited overs series, and with the recent feuds between the two countries’ cricket boards, BCCI decided to not participate in this year’s Asia Cup hosted by Pakistan. However, many have spoken up on restoring a positive cricketing relation between the teams, and recently, its Pakistan’s legendary bowler Shoaib Akhtar who has put in his words, also pointed out the feud being only cricket based.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Gulf News/ReutersThe former Pakistani international has his own YouTube channel, where he regularly puts forward his own opinion on several topics based on the sport. Yesterday, the 44 year old uploaded a video titled “It is Very Important for India and Pakistan to Play Bilateral Series”, where he raised some points on bettering the ties between thew two nations regarding cricket.Although India and Pakistan have stopped touring each other, they have faced each other in international competitions, even in the 2018 Asia Cup where the venue had to be shifted to Dubai from India because of a denial from PCB.Advertisement “I understand India can’t come to Pakistan, Pakistan can’t go to India. But we play Asia Cup, Champions Trophy on neutral venues, can’t we do the same for bilateral series? We are one of the best hospitable nations in the world and India have seen it first hand”, Akhtar said in the video.The ‘Rawalpindi Express’ mentioned the recent controversial visit of a circle kabaddi team from India to take part in the unofficial ‘Kabaddi World Cup 2020’.Advertisement He continued: “Pakistan is a very safe place to travel. India’s kabaddi team came, they got a lot of love, Bangladesh came to play Test cricket. But if there are still doubts then I suggest neutral venues,” After the decade long ban from ICC following the ghastly 2009 Lahore attack, Pakistan finally hosted Sri Lanka last year, followed by Bangladesh, and will be hosting the 2020 Asia Cup.Akhtar pointed out the feud being only relating to cricket and not the other sports, and even not in trading between the countries.“We can play Davis Cup, we can play kabaddi with each other then what’s wrong with cricket? If you want to cut the ties then stop the trade, stop playing kabaddi. Why only cricket? Whenever it’s cricket we make it political, it is very disappointing. We eat onions and potatoes, we exchange pleasantries then why can’t we play cricket?” he added.Akhtar mentioned the fan following the iconic cricketers have in his country, and expects the political tensions between the two countries to not have an impact on cricket in future.“Ask the likes of Virender Sehwag, Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar we love them like anything. Cricket should not get affected by the differences between us. Hopefully, India and Pakistan can play a bilateral series soon and it’s important for both countries to have a tough competition between them.” he concluded.Watch the full video here-Also read-See what happened when 60 Kabaddi players from India unofficially attend Pakistan tournamentPakistani cricket legend extends invite to India for bilateral series: It’s time they sorted out their difference without third party intervention Advertisementlast_img

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