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Misbah-ul-Haq wants India-Pakistan bilateral ties

Misbah laments absence of India-Pakistan bilateral cricket ties

By Rashmi Nanda -

Misbah-ul-Haq, who is considered to be Pakistan’s most successful Test captain, has lamented the absence of bilateral cricket ties with India.

On Saturday, speaking to media, the skipper said that he was against restrictions of any sort in sports. In an exclusive interview with PTI, Misbah said, “These restrictions are because of politics and political issues between Pakistan and India. But I don’t think this should be the case as cricketers and fans are deprived of good contests.”

The 42-year-old Test skipper has never led Pakistan in a Test series against India, who believes that the Indian cricket team also wants to play against Pakistan.

Misbah further added, “They, like us, can’t do anything because there are other issues involved here. I am sure when things improve politically there will be cricket between Pakistan and India.”

Misbah expressed regret that the young players of both countries are not getting the opportunity to experience the Indo-Pak cricket matches. He also feels that Indo-Pak cricket matches help them to develop as players. He further added on this, “It is good that we now have our own league (like IPL) and it has been a major success in just two years. I am sure next year there will be more widespread interest in the Pakistan Super League from the people, sponsors and stakeholders.”

For cricket, he said that Indian market is very different from Pakistan and there is no match between IPL and PSL. When asked to compare the Indian Premier League with Pakistan Super League, Misbah replied, “But I feel that since the IPL has now been there since 2007 people’s interest in it has dropped. I see more interest in our new league. There is always a saturation point for everything.”