Former Pakistan captain Waqar Younis believes that India and Pakistan will play bilateral series in the near future. The bilateral relation between the two countries is currently at an all time low. India have suspended the bilateral ties with Pakistan due to the cross-border terrorism.
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 events or the Asia Cup.
However, Waqar Younis is hopeful that things are going to change in near future. The legendary pacer said that the majority of cricket fans from both the countries will be in favour of India-Pakistan bilateral cricket. The Pakistan bowling coach also added that bilateral series between the two Asian giants will be ‘the biggest hit of world cricket’.
“If you go and ask people of both the countries on whether Pakistan and India should play each other, everyone, around 95% of them will agree, that cricket between these two should be played,” Waqar Younis said during a chat show QT20 for GloFans.
“Be it ‘Imran-Kapil Series’ or ‘Independence Series’ or whatever name we give to it, I think that it would be the biggest hit of the world. I think Pakistan India should play, and should play on a regular basis to avoid depriving cricket lovers of India and Pakistan,” he added.
He further said that he is confident that India and Pakistan will play bilateral series. At the same time, he maintained that he doesn’t want to see them play at a neutral venue.
“I do see Pakistan and India playing bilateral series. I am not sure where though, but I hope it will be either in Pakistan or in India. You don’t want to see them playing in some other country because that’s where you want to see them. You want to see them playing in their own countries. But I definitely say that in the next few years, I would say, Pakistan India will be playing,” Waqar Younis said.
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