Well-known former Pakistan player and skipper, Shahid Afridi, believes there can be none of Pakistan vs India matches until the Prime minister Modi Jee has a hold over the sub-continent, India.
In an exclusive interview, he discussed that earlier in Musharraf’s tenure, the relation among both countries was stable and cricket is such a sport that links two hearts. People from both countries used to tour each other but since the hold of Modi, the circumstances are worst and people from the two countries are better known as arch-rivals.
Afridi believes that cricket is like a religion in India and Pakistan and its revival can stable the political relations among both. Notably, both countries have not taken part in bilateral series since 2012 when Pakistan beat India in the ODI series. Since then, the arch-rivals have met on the grounds for ICC events only.
Shahid Afridi: There will be no Pakistan vs India matches until PM Modi’s tenure
“With Modi in power, I don’t see Pakistan vs India happening anytime soon,” said Afridi. “The government of Pakistan is always ready but with the present regime [in India] there are no such chances of [resuming] cricket relations,” he added.
“Sports can play an important role in improving relations between the two countries, especially cricket as it is ‘religion’ for the people of India and Pakistan. So, I think that sports are a thing which can help improve ties,” he concluded.
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Afridi also praised the quality of the Indian Premier League (IPL) but it is unfortunate that there is no Pakistani player as they used to play earlier.