Bopanna, Qureshi can play together; why can`t Ind, Pak: Gill

Congratulating Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi for reaching the US Open men`s doubles final, Sports Minister M S Gill today said the pair`s success should lead to better sporting ties between India and Pakistan.

Last Updated: Sep 09, 2010, 11:23 AM IST

New Delhi: Congratulating Rohan Bopanna and
Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi for reaching the US Open men`s doubles
final, Sports Minister M S Gill today said the pair`s success
should lead to better sporting ties between India and
Pakistan.

"I have one question for everyone. If Bopanna and Qureshi
can play together, why cannot India and Pakistan?" he asked
after congratulating the duo for reaching the finals of the
season`s last Grand Slam in New York.

Bopanna and Qureshi beat Argentines Eduardo Schwank and
Horacio Zeballos 7-6 (5), 6-4 in the semifinals last night to
set up a clash with top seeded American brothers Bob and Mike
Bryan.

Gill said Bopanna and Qureshi, nicknamed the `Indo-Pak
Express`, have shown great understanding on court to achieve
success.

"I have been following the Bopanna-Qureshi combination in
tennis doubles. They combine very well, have total
understanding and are top doubles players in the world. Now
they are in US Open finals and I pray for their win," he said
in a congratulatory message.

"I am confident that would achieve the sub-continent
dream finally," he added.

PTI