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‘India-Pakistan series was followed much more than the Ashes’ – Inzamam calls for resuming cricketing ties

India and Pakistan last played a bilateral series in 2013

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India and Pakistan are known for producing high-intensity matches. The emotions and sentiments of the cricket fans from both countries are attached to the match and it just makes the whole game more interesting and thrilling. However, the strained political relations between the neighbouring countries has affected the cricketing ties too.

At present, India and Pakistan face each other only during the ICC events and no bilateral series have been conducted between the two nations since 2013. Former Pakistan skipper Inzamam-Ul-Haq backed the idea of bilateral series between India and Pakistan as he believes that it will be highly beneficial for both countries. Inzamam is of the opinion that India-Pakistan series’ are much more popular than Ashes or any other series across the globe.

“India-Pakistan series was followed much more than The Ashes and people thoroughly enjoyed each and every moment. For the betterment of the game and the players, it is important to have the Asia Cup and also bilateral series between India and Pakistan,” Inzamam told Sportstar in an interview.

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“For instance, if India were playing Pakistan, the players would be excited to put in their best efforts because they know the importance and intensity of these matches. That not only helps a player grow but also helps him earn appreciation from the fans. I think it is important to have these tournaments.”

Further in the interaction, the skipper recalled the golden memories from the bilateral series between India and Pakistan. Inzamam said that it was a great feeling to play against India as it was an opportunity for all the players to learn something or the other.

“The on-field rivalry was intense, but at the end of the day, players respected each other and shared camaraderie. Meri toh bari khwayaish hain ke yeh cheez dobara shuru ho jayein (I wish this [India-Pakistan series] resumes),” the former skipper concluded.

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