Kirti Azad responds to Shahryar Khan, says refusing Indo-Pak cricket is not political matter
Former Indian all-rounder Kirti Azad on Thursday reminded Pakistan that there can't be bilateral cricket between the countries as long as there is cross border hostilities.
New Delhi: Former Indian all-rounder Kirti Azad on Thursday reminded Pakistan that there can't be bilateral cricket between the countries as long as there is cross border hostilities.
The 56-year-old World Cup winner, responding to to Shahryar Khan's letter asking for a confirmation from the Indian counterparts on the proposed bilateral series between India and Pakistan in December, reportedly said that refusing to play cricket with Islamabad was not a political matter.
On Wednesday, Shahryar Khan wrote "Politics is vulnerable to highs and lows and the sport of cricket should be kept away from it, cricket is a tool to formulate peace between the countries."
In his response, the Bhartiya Janata Party MP from Darbhanga was quoted by ANI as saying, "I don't think there is a need for any cricket with Pakistan. People might say that it is politics, but it is not."
Earlier, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Anurag Thakur on July 27 warned Pakistan board that Indo-Pak cricket ties cannot resume if the security of Indians is compromised. His call was also supported by former India captain Sourav Ganguly.
In between, International Cricket Council President Zaheer Abbas had suggested Pakistan to play their home series in India in December. But Shahryar Khan rejected the suggestion and said, "We will not go to India to play our home series. I will now be seeking a clear stance from the Indian Cricket board on the planned series (in December in UAE) by sending them a letter this week."
The last series between India and Pakistan was held in 2012-13 when Pakistan visited India for a three-match One Day International and two-match Twenty20 International series. Pakistan had won the ODI series 2-1, while the T20 series ended 1-1.
It was Pakistan's first cricket tour of India in five years, after the infamous Mumbai terror attacks in 2008, which stalled all bilateral ties between the two countries.
(With Agency inputs)