In a recent statement given by Misbah-ul-Haq, the Pakistani Test captain has stressed on the need for the two neighbours to improve their cricketing ties, keeping aside the political and diplomatic instabilities. The talented senior player was found quoting – “I believe that Pakistan and India should be playing against each other in bilateral series regularly and playing cricket should not be linked to the overall political relations between the two nations.”
The 41-year-old batsman feels that cricket can be actually used as an effective tool for improving the sour relations between the two countries. He said, “I am all for Pakistan and India resuming bilateral ties this year and it is good for the sport in both countries and players.” In an earlier interview given to PTI, he had also discussed that he wanted to end his career against arch rivals India.
The dream of Misbah might get real in December as Pakistan is due to host a Test series for India in UAE in December, in an MOU signed quite a while back. However, the Board of Cricket Control of India is yet to respond to the series, which is a confusing situation for the PCB officials too. Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq also said this week that he wants to see the two nations improve their relations with each other in terms of cricket. He said, “Regardless of where we play we should play India on regular basis.”
Misbah also felt the imperative need to launch the Super League T20 event in February next year. He said, “It is something which will benefit the players and even our cricket structure and image immensely. No matter where we play because of existing conditions in Pakistan but the super league should be launched.”