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Both Ajmal and Rehman are desperate for a bilateral series to be organised
Pakistan’s spin duo of Saeed Ajmal and Abdur Rehman have called on the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to restore ties with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) as both of them are keen on playing a bilateral series.
“Such is the importance of Indo-Pak contests that even if both the teams play in a third country their match attracts big crowds,” Ajmal said. “So I see no reason for India and Pakistan not to be playing more regularly against each other. Politics should not dictate sporting ties between the two nations. Cricket has always helped in improving relations between the two countries.”
Ajmal admitted that he is still raring to play a Test match against India and hopes to get the opportunity to do so before his international career comes to an end.
“I made my debut against India in the Asia Cup in 2008 but I am yet to play a Test against India,” he said. “I would like to see relations improve and both sides playing regularly against each other.”
Ajmal added that he was also disappointed about the fact that Pakistani players are not allowed to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
“What I don’t understand is when players from the world over can be allowed to play in the IPL then why not Pakistani players? I would like to test my skills against the best in this league,” he said.
The 35-year-old also relishes all the opportunities he has had to bowl to legendary India batsman Sachin Tendulkar.
“As a spinner you grow when you play against top batsmen like Tendulkar and his wicket carries high value,” Ajmal said.
Rehman noted that he would like to see how well he fared against India’s batsmen since they are some of the best in the world.
“It would be a good challenge playing against India because they play spin well and one would like to see how we can fare against them,” he said. “As a spinner I relish the challenge of battling against batsmen who play spinners well.”