Resume India-Pakistan Test cricket: Farokh Engineer to Prime Minister Imran Khan

first_imgFormer India wicketkeeper-batsman Farokh Engineer wants resumption of bilateral cricket between India and Pakistan. The two cricketing giants last played a bilateral series in 2013-13 which was a short limited-overs series.They only play in multi-nation tournaments organised by either the International Cricket Council or the Asian Cricket Council. India and Pakistan last played in the Asia Cup in September, with the Rohit Sharma-led side winning both the contest.Since the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, bilateral cricket ties between India and Pakistan have been frozen amid political tensions.BCCI has time and again stated that it needs government clearance to play bilateral series against Pakistan.Engineer has urged Pakistan’s captain-turned-Prime Minister Imran Khan to use his political clout and restore bilateral Test cricket between the traditional rivals.”Imran Khan, he is the Prime Minister now. Hopefully, India and Pakistan will start a dialogue,” Engineer, a flamboyant player of the 1960s and 70s said during the inaugural Ranji Memorial Public Conversation in London this week.”They should be playing Test cricket against each other because it will do Pakistan cricket, their economy, a world of good. But you hear about border skirmishes and this and that. They’ve got to have dialogue.”Khan, one of the outstanding all-rounders of his generation, became Prime Minister earlier this year and Engineer believes he now has the authority to break the impasse.”As a cricketer, I would love India to play Pakistan or vice versa. But it is a question of convincing the political leaders,” Engineer said.advertisement”Basically we are the same people. Both countries have extremely talented cricketers and I, for one, would love to see that happen but unfortunately the brakes are on,” Engineer lamented.Most major cricket nations have refused to tour Pakistan on security grounds since the 2009 terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus near the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, forcing the country to play its ‘home’ matches in the United Arab Emirates.Former Pakistan batsman Mushtaq Mohammad, who was on the same panel, said, “We’d love India to come to Pakistan, that would be a real boost. We’d love England to come…Australia. We play our ‘home’ series away from home, which is a very sad episode.”(With inputs from PTI)last_img

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