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Wasim Akram wants India-Pakistan cricket ties revived

2.93K   //    25 May 2014, 15:20 IST
Wasim Akram
Wasim Akram

Pakistan legend Wasim Akram has said that it is high time that the cricketing ties between India and Pakistan are restored. The two rivals have not had a full series over the past 6 years. The two sets of supporters would really like to see this thrilling battle revived.

Akram said, “I have always maintained that sports and politics should not be mixed. India-Pakistan matches have produced some of the best cricket in the world and it is very unfortunate that we have been denied this due to non-sporting reasons.  I am sure that a lot of the Pakistan players would have added value to the teams if they were allowed to play. Also, there is massive interest in IPL in Pakistan which would have only been far more if the participation of players was allowed.”

Akram, who is also the bowling coach for KKR in the IPL, said of his team: “It was a new team and a new combination of players and at times it does take time for things to come together. The team is filled with talented players and it was just a matter of time before things started to click. All the boys are getting along very well now and the results are showing.”

Appreciating the captain Gautam Gambhir, he added: “Gautam is an exceptional leader and his results are there for all to see. It says a lot about his mental strength the way he has come back into form after the first few disappointment. He is someone who is always thinking on his feet and definitely someone who leads from the front. He has a lot of experience at the international level.”

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