Karachi: Former international cricketer Shahid Khan Afridi said India’s current government led by Narendra Modi will not allow Pakistan vs India bilateral series.
While talking to Arab News, Afridi said the Pakistani government has had advocated for Pakistan vs India bilateral series on numerous occasions to normalize ties between both countries but didn’t get an encouraging response from the other side.
“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.
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The cricketer-turned-philanthropist said cricket can be the solution for both the countries to reduce ongoing tensions. “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.
It must be noted here that Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)’s chief Ehsan Mani has already said series against India is not in their plans for the near future due to unwillingness of the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) to have dialogues.