The Pakistani finest all-rounder, Shoaib Malik, of the shorter format thinks Indo-Pak matches shall be resumed as the world needs controversial sides to indulge in the game.
He believes as The Ashes cannot go ahead without Australia and England (the rivals), similarly, India and Pakistan have such passion to play on a single platform.
Shoaib Malik: The world badly needs Indo-Pak matches to resume
“I think the world badly needs this rivalry to resume, in the same way, that world cricket needs the Ashes. Could England and Australia imagine Test cricket without an Ashes series? Both series are played with the same kind of passion and have such a great history, so it is a shame that we don’t play right now.”
“Also, I have Pakistani friends who love to talk about Indian cricketers with respect and admiration. Similarly, I and my Pakistan team-mates are given such love and support when we play in India so it is a rivalry that I would like to see return as soon as it is possible.” Malik was quoted saying this to Pak Passion.
Shoaib Malik also believes in Pakistan’s chances of winning the T20 World Cup 2020.
Pakistan’s stance is clear as their batting and bowling have improved in recent times. The team has worked on their fitness level and has reached the goals almost which can help in achieving the bigger titles.
“I believe our chances are very good. In order to win these kinds of events, you have to have a very strong bowling attack and I think we have that box ticked. In addition, we also have a good batting line-up to complement that strong bowling attack,” Malik was quoted as saying in Pak Passion.
“Not only that, but our fielding has also developed and improved over the years, which is important on big grounds. Our fitness is much improved and better than it was in previous years, so overall, I think we will be right up there as a team that stands a very good chance of winning this tournament if it goes ahead,” he stated.
“Hopefully one day and not too far into the future crowds will be back. But for now, cricket needs to be played and if this is what needs to be done to get cricket back on then we must support it and accept it,” Malik added.