Pakistan-India bilateral series is a terrible idea, says PM Imran

Prime Minister Imran Khan has sideline the idea of a bilateral series with arch-rivals India and said that it would be “terrible” due to the hostilities between the countries, an excerpt from Sky Sports’ Out of Exile documentary has revealed.

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The premier suspects that the frosty relations between the two countries would reflect in the stadium – something, which he recalled from his own experience, wasn’t always the case.

“Right now, playing cricket in this atmosphere with this sort of [Indian] government in power, I would imagine it would be a terrible atmosphere on the cricket ground,” he is quoted as saying.

It is pertinent to mention that the two sides last played a bilateral series in 2012 when India hosted the neighbours for two T20I and three ODIs.

The former cricketer also shared a few drastically different cricket experiences against India to make his point.

“I played two series in India. One in 1979 when the two governments were trying to come close. I can’t tell you how wonderful the atmosphere was on the cricket field. Big crowds,” he recalled.

“The next time I went was in 1987 and this time, there was tension between the two governments. I saw hostility in India which I had never seen before. Our players were being pelted from the ground and I made them wear helmets while fielding at the boundary. It wasn’t a very good atmosphere on certain grounds.”

“When India came to Pakistan in 2005, again the governments were trying to get close. I never thought I would see on a cricket ground what happened. Pakistan lost to India in Pakistan and the crowds cheered the Indian team. Great atmosphere.”

The PM also compared a Pak-India series to that of the highly acclaimed the Ashes which is played between England and Australia.

“There’s nothing quite like the Ashes for the English. But Pakistan-India series is just in a different league in terms of tension, pressure, and enjoyment,” he said.

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