Playing in India is not safe: Chetan Chauhan

While the possibility of a bilateral series between arch-rivals India and Pakistan in near future is almost close to zero, former Indian cricketer Chetan Chauhan reiterated on Wednesday that the series should not take place in light of the current relations between the two countries.Playing in India is not safe: Chetan Chauhan

This remarks are a direct reply to India’s 2011 World Cup hero Yuvraj Singh’s comments that the neighbouring nations should look to play a series, which would be good for the sport.

“Right now, bilateral series between India and Pakistan should not take place as relations between both countries is not nice,” said Chauhan.

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While international cricket has come back to Pakistan after a long while, Chauhan was also of the opinion that “playing in Pakistan is not safe”.

“Terrorists are not concerned with cricket. As long as terrorists are there in Pakistan, cricket cannot be played between India and Pakistan,” he said.

Since 2012-13, India and Pakistan have not met in a bilateral series. It was the last time when Pakistan came to India to play two T20Is and three ODIs.

Meanwhile the former cricketer, who played 40 Test matches for India, also talked about India’s recent 3-0 ODI series loss against the Black Caps.

With both Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma out with injuries, Chauhan thought to include Ajinkya Rahane in the ODI set-up would be a wise move.

“I wanted Rahane to be in the ODI setup when Dhawan and Rohit got injured, someone who could have given stability to the side should have been brought into the side,” he said.

Chauhan was also concerned about pace bowler Jasprit Bumrah’s recent lack of form, “Bumrah is looking a little tired. I expect the side to give a good performance in the Test series against New Zealand.”

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