Former Pakistan skipper and flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi, ahead of the Champions Trophy 2017’s dream final between the two arch-rivals India and Pakistan, has expressed his feeling that it couldn’t get any better.
Afridi also asked the ICC and the entire cricketing world to keep a close eye on the match, while requested the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Indian government to soften their stance regarding the future of bilateral ties between India and Pakistan in the game of cricket.
“I would want the cricketing world and the ICC to keep a close eye on the significance of an Indo-Pak cricket match of this magnitude and what it means to the fans of the game all around,” wrote Afridi in his latest column for ICC.
“I really hope that we see resumption of bilateral cricket between the two countries and would request the Indian cricket board and the Indian government to soften their stance,” he added.
From his personal experience, Afridi believes this match is going to be of huge importance, and hopes it can bring the two nations together, minimizing all the tensions.
“Having captained Pakistan in the 2011 World Cup semi-final at Mohali, I know the importance of the game and how it brings the two nations to a standstill while underlining the message of peace and tolerance for each other.
“Cricket can be an actual source of bringing the two nations together and reducing the tensions. I, like the rest of the world, can’t wait for the match to start. Let us hope that we see a game of epic proportions that is remembered for a long, long time.”
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com