The rivalry between India and Pakistan is regarded as one of the fiercest rivalries across all sports. Cricketing relations between the two arch rivals however have been in the decline owing to the political turmoil between the two cricketing giants of South Asia. Bilateral ties between the two nations have been cut off for quite some time and the rivals from the subcontinent continue to play each other only in ICC tournaments and in the Asia Cup. The two nations last played a bilateral series back in 2013 and there have been no progress made in the matter concerning resuming bilateral cricket.
India will be facing their arch rivals Pakistan in a high-profile clash in the group stages of the ongoing Asia Cup on September 19 at the Dubai International stadium in the UAE. The two teams will be playing each other after a gap of 15 months following the Champions Trophy Final in 2017. It is highly of the two teams to face each other in the Super 4 stage of the six-nation tournament provided they both make it past the group stage.
Indian opener Gautam Gambhir, on Saturday, was found voicing his opinion on the diplomacy involving cricket between India and Pakistan, suggesting that there should be proper transparency on the matter. The southpaw suggested that the India should either resume bilateral ties against their arch rivals or ban them completely.
“There should not be a conditional ban. We cannot be playing them only in ICC tournaments and Asia Cups. There should be a clear stand, either we should ban them completely or if we really want to play them then we shouldn’t pick and choose, we should also resume bilateral series. For years we’ve been hanging in mid-air,” Gambhir was quoted, speaking to Wah Cricket.
“There’s no clear policy and we are very indecisive about what we need to do when it comes to playing Pakistan. I don’t think we hear about any other country more than Pakistan. We don’t hear about South Africa, Australia or England. So clearly there is a problem and it needs to be sorted before even thinking of playing cricket with Pakistan,” the 36 year old added in his statement.