Talented Pakistan fast bowler, Mohammad Amir, feels that Indian and Pakistan Cricket boards should keep the game away from politics and allow their cricketers to play alongside each other in the Indian Premier League and the Pakistan Super League.
Amir, who has not been selected for Pakistan’s tour of New Zealand, recently gave an interview to Cricket Pakistan, in which he said that he would love bowling against the Indian superstar duo of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli.
“We have always said, as players, that cricket or any other sport, and politics should be kept separate. I love challenges like bowling to top-notch batsmen and it would have been great to bowl to them [Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma],” Mohammad Amir said.
The 2017 Champions Trophy winner, Mohammad Amir, further added that playing in leagues like IPL and PSL will be beneficial for both Indian and Pakistani players in terms of exposure and experience.
“Be it the IPL or PSL, it would be beneficial for players, from Pakistan and India, playing in these competitions in terms of exposure and quality of cricket,” Mohammad Amir continued.
Mohammad Amir has never played in the IPL
Mohammad Amir is a part of the entire generation of Pakistani cricketers who haven’t featured in the Indian Premier League.
Pakistani cricketers played in the inaugural edition of the cash-rich IPL. However, following Pakistan perpetrated Mumbai terror attacks on November 26, 2008, the BCCI banned its cricketers from participating in the tournament besides severing its bilateral cricket ties.
Apart from the 2012 ODI and T20I series in India in December-January 2012, both sides have locked horns in only ICC events and Asia Cups.
In the past four years, the relations between the two neighbors have reached an all-time low following terror attacks sponsored by the Pakistan-backed terrorists in Uri, Pathankot, and Pulwama and the subsequent Indian retaliation in Uri and Balakot, and the possibility of the bilateral cricketing ties or Pakistan players taking part in the IPL remains highly unlikely.