Former India cricketer Farokh Engineer has urged former Pakistan cricketer and current Prime Minister Imran Khan to use his political powers to restore Test match links between the two teams.
Meanwhile, there being high enthusiasm whenever these two teams have met, India and Pakistan have last played a five-day game against each other way back in 2007. They last played each other in Bengaluru which ended in a plain draw. Furthermore, they have not played any bilateral series amid high political tensions. The rivals nations only play against each other in the multi-nation events.
However, Farookh Engineer believes Imran Khan now has the power to break this impasse.
“Imran Khan, he is the prime minister now. Hopefully, India and Pakistan will start a dialogue,” Engineer said. “They should be playing Test cricket against each other because it will do Pakistan cricket, their economy, a world of good. But you hear about border skirmishes and this and that. They’ve got to have dialogue,” he added.
I would love India-Pakistan ties
Farookh Engineer, moreover, added that as a cricketer he would love to see India- Pakistan matches starting again. He also added that both countries have some talented cricketers and it would be exciting to witness the games.
“As a cricketer, I would love India to play Pakistan or vice versa. But it is a question of convincing the political leaders. Basically, we are the same people. Both countries have extremely talented cricketers and I, for one, would love to see that happen but unfortunately, the brakes are on,” Engineer lamented.
However, both teams will have to play against each other in the five-day format in the proposed ICC Test Championship.