In all walks of analysis, it’s absolutely fair to assert that this beautiful sport has suffered tremendously due to the nonexistent India- Pakistan bilateral rivalry. The much-loved rivalry which apart from bringing the masses to much-loved produces some heart-wrenching moments has been at the stalemate for nearly a decade now, with geopolitical woes between the two South Asian neighbors being the main cause.
In a recent case of escalating woes at the international border, there has been some major development regarding the bilateral ties between the two nations. Sushma Swaraj, the Indian Minister of External Affairs (MOE) made it absolutely evident in the parliament that there would be no cricketing relations between the two nations, as long as the tensions at the border continued.
This comes down as a meaty blow to all fans of the game and the rivalry as the Indian government has been on the denial against playing Pakistan. With no bilateral tours scheduled between the two teams, this further acts as a deterrent to the rivalry.
Making his voice heard from the other side, was the mercurial Pakistani pacer, Shoaib Akhtar. Among the ambassadors of the rivalry, Akhtar tweeted a message, urging for politics to be separated from the sport, and voicing for the resumption of the cricketing rivalry.
“Its unfortunate that the best cricket teams of the world #Pakistan & #India are not playing matches against each other and r just doing politics instead. #Shoaibakhtar #Wewantcricket #Nopoliticsjustcricket” tweeted an emotional Akhtar.
Below, is the tweet from the Rawalpindi Express’ official Twitter account.
Its unfortunate that the best cricket teams of the world #Pakistan & #India are not playing matches against each other and r just doing politics instead.#Shoaibakhtar #Wewantcricket #Nopoliticsjustcricket
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) January 1, 2018
A few weeks ago, an official from the BCCI made it clear that the men in blue were in no mood to contest Pakistan and even urged the ICC to put India and Pakistan in two separate groups for ICC events if the need arises.
With this news hogging the attention, it can be said that ultimately the fans will suffer to a great extent, as they will miss out on quality cricket between the two nations.