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Misbah-ul-Haq laments absence of Indo-Pak bilateral cricket ties

Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq against restriction of any sort in sports, says cricketers and fans are deprived of good contests.

sports Updated: Apr 01, 2017 21:04 IST
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Misbah-ul-Haq has never lead Pakistan against India in a Test series despite being captain since late 2010. (Getty Images)

Pakistan’s most successful Test captain, Misbah-ul-Haq, has lamented the absence of bilateral cricket ties with India. In an interview today, Misbah said he was against restrictions of any sort in sports.

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”These restrictions are because of politics and political issues between Pakistan and India. But I don’t think this should be the case as cricketers and fans are deprived of good contests,” he said.

Misbah, 42, who has never led Pakistan in a Test series against India despite being captain since late 2010, didn’t believe that the Indian team didn’t want to play against Pakistan.

“They, like us, can’t do anything because there are other issues involved here. I am sure when things improve politically there will be cricket between Pakistan and India,” he added.

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He lamented that young players from both countries were not getting the opportunity to get a feel of Indo-Pak cricket matches, which help them develop as players.

”It is good that we now have our own league (like IPL) and it has been a major success in just two years. I am sure next year there will be more widespread interest in the Pakistan Super League from the people, sponsors and stakeholders.”

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Misbah, when asked to compare the IPL with PSL, said they were different leagues and that the Indian market for cricket was very different from Pakistan.

“But I feel that since the IPL has now been there since 2007 people’s interest in it has dropped. I see more interest in our new league. There is always a saturation point for everything,” he said.

First Published: Apr 01, 2017 21:04 IST