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India and Pakistan have not played a bilateral series since 2012 (Credits: Getty)

Former Pakistan captain Mushtaq Muhammad has been an important part of Pakistan cricket history. He is known for instilling confidence and winning mentality among the team players when he led the team from the front in 1976. The former all-rounder has played 57 tests and 502 first-class matches.

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He made his debut in Test cricket against the West Indies in 1959 at the age of just 15. Mushtaq’s best part of his cricketing career came when he led Pakistan to a home series win over India and New Zealand besides twice winning Tests in Australia, West Indies and also defeating New Zealand in New Zealand.

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Mushtaq Muhammad. Credits: Twitter

One of Pakistan’s most successful skippers, Mushtaq was excluded and dropped as captain and player following a heated discussion with some senior players ahead of the 1978/79 tour to India where Pakistan lost the Test series.

Later on, Mushtaq started his new innings as head coach of the Pakistan national cricket team where he found success in the initial stage itself. He led the team to their first-ever tri-series one-day success in Australia including the final of the 1999 World Cup.

Mushtaq Muhammed explains why India is ahead of Pakistan

Meanwhile, Mushtaq Muhammad who is impressed by the improvement of Indian cricket explained why India is ahead of Pakistan in the sport. The 76-year-old man reckons a sound structure is the main reason behind the success of Indian cricket. He further added saying that the board pays the players handsomely and also looks after them very well.

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India vs Pakistan. Credit: Getty Images

“They are ahead of Pakistan and some other nations now because they have developed a sound cricket system by not making too many changes to their structure, their domestic and international players are well paid and they have built a strong pool of players. They pay and look after their players so well that their players don’t mind this restriction and can focus on India.,” said Mushtaq.

According to the former Pakistan captain, India have become a phenomenal force on overseas assignments besides being strong at home.

“Indian cricket is at the top now because look at the number of matches they are playing at home and they are also getting better on overseas tours. In comparison, Pakistan hardly plays regular Test series,” he added.

Mushtaq was also not pleased with the relationship ties between India and Pakistan as both nations were not playing regularly against each other at senior or lower levels. India and Pakistan have not played a bilateral series since 2012 and it is a worrying sign according to Mushtaq.

“It is very sad for someone like me because I played a lot against and with Indian players and I learnt from them and they from me. It is unfortunate that politics has crept in and India doesn’t want to play bilateral matches with us. It is hurting world cricket,” he added.

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