Former Pakistan captains have urged the current team to avoid confrontations against India, when the two sides meet tomorrow, in the highly anticipated Asia Cup match.
Whenever the two sides have met, there has always been a history of scuffles or words being exchanged, and former Pakistan Captain, Javed Miandad, warned that any sign of excess emotion, can also fuel or spark a confrontation between the two rivals.
Miandad, speaking exclusively to PTI, said: “Whenever Pakistan and India play against each other there is lot of tension and the atmosphere is electrifying and this naturally affects the people on both sides of the border. I would advise players to be very careful about how they behave on the field during the match.”
This will be the first time the two sides have met since the 2011 World Cup semi-final, which India won.
Miandad who refused to comment on his predictions for the match, stated that while India had a better batting lineup, Pakistan could counter it with their all round bowling attack.
He added that both teams should concentrate on just playing the game. “It should be an interesting match but in the end we must remember all the time it is just cricket and a sport and not war” he said.
Rashid Latif, another former Pakistan captain, said that the match could help to improve ties between the countries, which are currently at an all time low.
Latif mentioned that all the players should keep their tensions in check, and said: “I just say keep all the tension and competition on the field… it must not spill over the boundary line. In the end we all want our team to win but this is cricket and anything can happen.”
With India’s shocking loss to Bangladesh in the previous match of the Asia Cup, Latif said that they would need to score in excess of 300 runs to have a chance to win, after Bangladesh exposed their weaknesses.
Another prior Pakistan captain, Moin Khan, noted that he had always treasured playing against India during his career, due to the competition being one of a kind. “But otherwise our relations with the Indian players off the field were very good. I hope it is the same way today and even tomorrow. Tensions must not spill over the boundary line. Conduct of players on the field during the match will be watched very closely” he said.
With the match scheduled to be played tomorrow, there has been a lot of hype amongst the fans as to which team will prevail victorious.