Shoaib Akhtar said that if India-Pakistan can buy tomatoes and onions from each other, then why can’t this door open for players.
Shoaib Akhtar is often in the news for his comments in the cricket world. He also maintains his opinion through his YouTube channel.
“We can play Davis Cup, we can play kabaddi with each other then what’s wrong with cricket? If you want to cut the ties then stop the trade, stop playing kabaddi. Why only cricket? Whenever it’s cricket we make it political, it is very disappointing. We eat onions and tomatoes, we exchange pleasantries then why can’t we play cricket?” Akhtar asked.
“I understand India can’t come to Pakistan, Pakistan can’t go to India. But we play Asia Cup, Champions Trophy on neutral venues, can’t we do the same for bilateral series? We are one of the best hospitable nations in the world and India have seen it first hand.
“Ask the likes of Virender Sehwag, Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar we love them like anything. Cricket should not get affected by the differences between us. Hopefully, India and Pakistan can play a bilateral series soon and it’s important for both countries to have a tough competition between them.
“Pakistan is a very safe place to travel. India’s kabaddi team came, they got a lot of love, Bangladesh came to play Test cricket. But if there are still doubts then I suggest neutral venues,” he added.
Earlier, former Indian cricketers Yuvraj Singh and Shahid Afridi also spoke in favor of the bilateral series between India and Pakistan. (Get help writing this post by prothomalo)