Don’t run after India for cricket, Afridi tells Pakistan

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LAHORE: Pakistan Twenty20 captain Shahid Afridi and popular SUV urged the authorities not to pursue sporting archrival India to play a series of cricket against his country, saying that his team can play against other sides.

Earlier this month, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) wrote a letter to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) seeking confirmation of the existence of a proposal India would play two Tests, five day and two Twenty20 matches in the United Arab Emirates in December and January. But India has so far not responded and current political tension between the two countries, with frequent violations of cease-fire along the Line of Control in the disputed region of Kashmir, has cast serious doubt on the first full series between them since 2007 . I can not understand why we are running after India,” Afridi told the media during a training camp. “There are other great teams we can play because we have invited India many times and still not want to play if we are happy.”

The series is proposed in the United Arab Emirates agreed in a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the two tables last year, but is still awaiting approval from New Delhi.

Pakistan made a brief visit to India to play two Twenty20 and three one-day internationals in December 2012, but failed to revive the bilateral series.

In July BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur said cricket was not possible under the current tense relationship between the two countries.

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