Wasim Akram: “We talk about the Ashes as the biggest cricket rivalry, but there is no comparison to India-Pakistan”
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Legendary left-arm seamer Wasim Akram has said India and Pakistan’s rivalry is bigger than the Ashes, which is played between England and Australia.
Pakistan and India only face each other in International Cricket Council (ICC) events like the World Cup and World Twenty20 due to the nations’ frosty political ties.
However, India and Pakistan are scheduled to meet in the World Cup on June 16 in Manchester.
India have won all six of their previous World Cup clashes against Pakistan and will be looking to extend their streak, while the men in green will be aiming to snap it.
With so much at stake, Akram believes that the rivalry between the two countries is bigger than that of the Ashes, which began in 1882.
“We talk about the Ashes as the biggest cricket rivalry, but there is no comparison to India-Pakistan”, Akram was quoted as saying by the Business Recorder. “There are 1.3 billion people in India and over 200 million people in Pakistan.
“Imagine the pressure before the game happens a month before. At home your mum says don’t lose. Your dad says don’t lose. Your aunt says don’t lose. So for a month you go through this pressure.”
Pakistan will kick off their World Cup campaign against the West Indies in Nottingham on May 31, while India’s will begin against South Africa in Southampton on June 5.