That sports transcends boundaries has once again been proved by legendary Pakistani bowler Waqar Younis. At a time when the bilateral relation between India and Pakistan is perhaps at an all time low, Waqar , on Sunday (June 3), took to Twitter to show the way forward.
Keeping cross-border rivalries aside, the former Pakistan skipper shared an image of him giving advice to a young Indian fan in England. He took to Twitter to share the beautiful message, writing:
“Cricket have no boundaries [email protected]”
— Waqar Younis (@waqyounis99) May 31, 2018
The arch-rivals have not played a full bilateral Test series since 2007 when Pakistan visited India for three Tests and five One-Day Internationals. They played a short series of three ODIs and two T20s in India in December 2012. But otherwise, both have faced each other only in the ICC organised events or the Asia Cup. They last played in the Champions Trophy final last year.
The BCCI has repeatedly clarified its stance that it won’t be able to engage in bilateral contests unless the government gives clearance. The Indian board recently requested the Union government to formally convey its position with regards to India-Pakistan ties.
“The BCCI would be grateful if you could formally convey the policy/position of the Government of India on the need or requirement of prior clearance from the Government of India for the Indian cricket team to play the Pakistan cricket in in-bound or out-bound tours,” BCCI recently wrote to the ministry.
India will now play Pakistan in the 2019 World Cup. The two rivals will clash on June 16 in Manchester. Meanwhile, the BCCI has also not kept Pakistan in its Future Tour Programmed for 2019-2023 cycles. They have snubbed the neighbouring country amongst its six proposed opponents for the World Test Championship beginning in 2019.