‘We want India here’ – Lahore fan’s special message during PSL
The bitter sweet rivalry between India and Pakistan on the cricket field is well documented, and whenever these two sides lock horns with each other, it becomes a very big deal on either side of the border.
However, nowadays such encounters can be seen few and far between, mainly because of the postponement of bilateral cricket relations between India and Pakistan.
It has been a long time since India visited Pakistan last. 2006 is the most recent memory when Pakistan hosted India in a bilateral series at their own den, with the visitors losing the three-match Test series 0-1.
Since then, the political relationship between the countries has deteriorated considerably and the only time these two teams face each other now is during any International Cricket Council (ICC) event.
But as far as the general cricket loving spectators from Pakistan are concerned, they are always on their feet to see their team play against India in their home ground.
The same sentiment has been expressed recently by a Pakistani spectator recently during a match of the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL).
A picture posted on Twitter by a Pakistani local journalist showed crowds holding signs which said: “We want India here.”
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) February 22, 2020
Recently Shahid Afridi and Yuvraj Singh also advocated for India-Pakistan bilateral series.
“I think, if India and Pakistan were to have a series, it will be something bigger than the Ashes. However, we don’t seem to get it. We are letting politics get in the way of people’s love for this sport and their wish to come together,” said Afridi.
“I remember playing against Pakistan in 2004, 2006 and 2008 in bilateral series. These days yeah, there has not been enough of that. But these things are not in our hands. We play cricket for the love of the sport. We cannot choose which country to play against ourselves. But what I can say is that the more India v Pakistan cricket there is, the better it is for the sport,” Yuvraj opined..