The much-anticipated rivalry between India and Pakistan have been cut-short due to political tensions. India last toured Pakistan in 2018, winning the five-match ODI series 4-1. Since then, the ties between the arch-rivals has only been kept limited to the ICC events, with the global governing body making sure that both the teams are given the same pool or group to make the tournament all the more exciting.
There have been discussions about resuming the India-Pakistan bi-lateral series but no positive outcome has emerged from it. Former Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, however, believes there is a lot of love between players from both the teams off the field.
I have seen India and Pakistan players sit and eat together: Sarfaraz Ahmed
Sarfaraz Ahmed said that players of both the teams are passionate about their game and their is a bond of friendship between them. Ahmed, who was recently demoted in central contract, also added that in 2008 players from both the teams sat and ate together. But unfortunately, the situation has changed over a period of time.
“Of course, there is this thing that people from India and Pakistan are quite passionate about Cricket and have loads of love for the game. I have personally seen that there is a good friendship between Pakistani and Indian players,” Sarfaraz Ahmed was quoted as saying CricTracker.
“When I had gone to India in 2007. Besides, when India came to Pakistan in 2008, I have even seen scenes when I have also seen players from both countries sit together and eat. But now, unfortunately, it is a scenario where-in we are not able to play matches, but I hope the situation improves and India and Pakistan are able to play cricket the way they used to,” he added.
If the Asia Cup 2020 goes ahead India and Pakistan will face-off in the tournament next.