‘India-Pakistan Test will enhance standard of cricket’
Aaqib Javed, the former Pakistani pacer surmised intense competition between India and Pakistan would enhance the standard of Test cricket. The two countries had been barred playing bilateral cricket by political complications for long.
Aaqib Javed said, “There is traditional rivalry between the two countries when it comes to cricket. Matches between India and Pakistan, along with Ashes can lift Test cricket.”
“The governments should keep sport aside of political tension and let fans relish top-class cricket. Imagine how big the next India and Pakistan match would be after the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 final. The ICC should look into this and push the Indian Board to show some relaxation.”
Aaqib again said, “It is wonderful to see international cricket return to Pakistan after a long hiatus. It was a brilliant effort from the Sri Lankan and West Indies Boards in making it happen again.”
“The World XI vs Pakistan T20 games next month will open the door for more matches. Imagine if India visited Pakistan or Pakistan went to India for a Test Series, it would be legendary. It is sad that sport is dragged into political issues,” he added.
In 1990’s Aaqib Javed together with Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis formed the most formidable pace attack in the cricket world for Pakistan.