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Legendary Pakistan left-arm seamer Wasim Akram has expressed his disappointment towards the fact that the current generation of cricketers cannot experience the thrill and exhilaration that comes when India play Pakistan.
Relations between the BCCI and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) are frosty at best. However, while the PCB are eager to build bridges, the BCCI have shown little interest in re-establishing bilateral ties.
India and Pakistan haven’t played a Test series since 2007, while the last limited overs series between the two countries came in December 2012 to January 2013.
“Pakistan is ready to play India but it is left to the government,” Akram told the Khaleej Times. “It is a top class series. If you take the Ashes, there would be two million watching it but when it comes to an India-Pakistan series, more than two billion people follow the game.
“The pressure is on the players, both the nations, and it starts months in advance. The highlight of my career was playing India in India. I feel really sad for the present generation of cricketers who cannot see or be a part of such an exciting series. It’s beauty is totally different.”
Meanwhile, Akram, who is the Multan Sultans’ director and bowling coach, said he is pleased the two eliminators and final of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) will be held in Pakistan. The two eliminators will be played in Lahore, while the final will be held in Karachi.
“It is unbelievable. I’m very, very excited. The whole country is excited, imagine more than 200 million people are excited about cricket coming home,” he said. “It is massive. Dubai is a great venue no doubt, we love it but it would be ideal if the PSL eventually went to Pakistan. That would be a dream come true for every Pakistani.”