Published On: Sat, Aug 29th, 2015

No Indo-Pak series until situation cools down at border, says Akhtar



Pakistan’s former speedster Shoaib Akhtar suggested Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to postpone series against India until tensions at the border are resolved.

The 40 year-old Akhtar was widely known for his fast and furious pace with an aggressive attitude, he became a hero for Pakistan when he clean bowled ‘The Wall of India’ Rahul Dravid and ‘Little Master’ Sachin Tendulkar on back-to-back deliveries in a Test match at Eden Gardens in Kolkata 1999.

The Rawalpindi Express also holds the record for bowling the fastest delivery in international cricket, he further said that everybody knows that politics and sports are two separate things and they shouldn’t be mixed-up.


Akhtar added that unfortunately the political situation and tensions at the border are heating up between the two neighbors so in these conditions it is not a good idea to play a bilateral series. According to him they should wait for the matters to calm down and then play cricket, as sports is a perfect way to build a bridge between two rivals.

World’s fastest bowler Akhtar said that both the teams are still one of the best in the World and people love to see both of them play when they face each other, as both the countries has a history of producing some extra ordinary players who people love to watch.

International Cricket Council’s (ICC) President Zaheer Abbas, Pakistan’s former great known as the Asian Bradman in the World of cricket said that PCB should show some flexibility and play their bilateral series at India. While Chairman PCB Shahryar Khan said that they will not play their bilateral series on Indian soil, he will wait for the final verdict of Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) until October.

According to the signed MoU between PCB and BCCI, their will be six bilateral series between Pakistan and India in eight years. Four of them will be hosted by the Greenshirts and the remaining two will be hosted by India. PCB was going to host the first series at United Arab Emirates (UAE) but due to the political differences Indian Government has not allowed BCCI to confirm their participation.

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