The ties between India and Pakistan have turned sour ever since the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai. Pakistan players were subsequently banned from participating in the Indian Premier League (IPL) with the Indian government strictly against resuming bi-lateral ties. Kirti Azad, a member of 1983 World Cup winning side, is also against the idea.
The outspoken Kirti Azad, once again, did not mince words when he was asked about his opinion on India and Pakistan resuming bi-lateral cricket. He said that Pakistan should be banned by the entire world for exporting terror. Azad, 61, said that Pakistan have forgotten brotherhood and killed our own people and in such circumstances he cannot advocate India to resume ties with their arch-rivals.
“I think the entire world should boycott Pakistan for exporting terror because after all lives are lives, people from Pakistan have come here and we have treated them in hospital, the bloods have been of Indians. Across the world, lets talk one thing, if you’re in England and your blood matches with other guy, you take it, that’s brotherhood,” Kirti Azad told CricketAddictor in an exclusive interview.
“Here they are killing people, unnecessary, so in those circumstances how can we rejoice playing with Pakistan, when they are killing our own people, bombing them and hitting them. I do not advocate at all playing with Pakistan,” he added.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Ehsan Mani, in the recent times, had said that they will not run behind to resume the ties. He had however mentioned that it is only due to the India government that the matches have been put behind the back-burner. Mani also believes that resuming the ties will be good for the health of cricket.
India-Pakistan last faced off in a bi-lateral series back in 2013 when they played two T20Is and three ODIs. Meanwhile, their last Test series, was played in the year 2007-08.