Former Pakistan Cricket team skipper Shahid Afridi has been in news since his international retirement due to various reasons. He retired from international cricket in February 2017. He has recently made a big statement on the resumption of cricket between arch-rivals India and Pakistan.
Bilateral ties between both countries have been stopped for over a decade now due to political reasons. Now, Shahid Afridi believes that India and Pakistan won’t play cricket till Narendra Modi is in power in the Indian government.
Incidentally, the relation between the two countries has reached a new low in the last couple of years.
“The government of Pakistan is always ready but with the present regime (in India) there are no such chances of (resuming) cricket relations, of (Pakistan-India) series,” Afridi told Arab News in an interview. “With Modi in power, I don’t see it’s going to happen,” he said.
He further said cricket is the only way to better the relations between the two countries. “I think that sports are a thing which can help improve ties,” opined Afridi.
Shahid Afridi Opines on IPL
Shahid Afridi also kept his opinion on IPL 2020 saying that Pakistan players can really benefit from the league if they are allowed to participate.
“I know that IPL is a very big brand in the world of cricket and it is an excellent opportunity for, whether it’s Babar Azam or many other Pakistani players to go there [to India] and play under pressure and share dressing rooms. So in my opinion Pakistani players are missing a big opportunity,” said Afridi.
Meanwhile, the IPL 2020 is almost at the end of its first week. There has been really entertaining cricket from a few teams, while for some other teams it has been rather ordinary.
Chennai Super Kings after making a winning start to the tournament lost two on the bounce in their next two games. The absence of Suresh Raina has been one of the most debated topics so far in the tournament.
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