The owner of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise – Quetta Gladiators Nadeem Omar has batted for a match between champions of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the Pakistan Super League (PSL). The comments came in the wake of the reports claiming that arch-rivals India and Pakistan are likely to resume bilateral series later this year after almost a gap of nine years.
Due to the growing political tension between the two neighboring countries, everything came to halt between India and Pakistan including cricket. The last Test series between the two countries had taken place way back in 2007 when Pakistan visited their neighboring country for five ODIs and three Tests. As far as the last bilateral ODI series between the two countries is concerned, it took place in the 2012-13 season when the Men in Greens visited India for a short limited-overs series. The Men in Blues, on the other hand, last visited Pakistan in 2008 for the Asia Cup.
Match between IPL and PSL winners will be worth watching – Quetta Gladiators owner
As the possibilities for a bilateral series between India and Pakistan continue to grow, Nadeem Omar has opined that every cricket fan would be hoping to see a match between IPL and PSL winners.
Pakistanis are very accommodating and we have never mixed sports and politics. We always get lukewarm response from India. Now I am hearing that the ice is melting, so I hope good sense prevails,” Quetta Gladiators owner Nadeem Omar said while speaking in an exclusive interview with ‘Cricket Pakistan’.
“The whole world watches a match between India and Pakistan, so the whole world will be interested in watching a clash between IPL and PSL winners,” he added.
Sports should be kept out of politics – Shahid Afridi
Meanwhile, former Pakistan captain, Shahid Afridi has also aired his views on the cricket relations between the two countries. Afridi believes that politics and cricket should be kept away from each other, and feels that the sport between the two Asian giants should not be just limited to ICC tournaments asking for resumption of the bilateral matches.
“Cricket between Pakistan and India is very important. Sports should be kept away from politics. Relations between the two countries can improve because of cricket,” Shahid Afridi said.