Misbah asks politicians to end Indo-Pak cricketing logjam

first_imgPakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq believes only political intervention can lead to a resumption of bilateral cricketing ties with India and open the doors for his country’s players in the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) and Champions League Twenty20. Pakistan Captain Misbah-Ul-Haq says political intervention can revive bilateral seriesIn an interview to Pakistani TV channel Geo Super, the batsman said he found it frustrating that cricket ties are getting affected because of politics. “I don’t think it is in the hands of players or cricket authorities as far as Indo-Pak cricket ties are concerned. I think politics decides ties between the two countries. And only political intervention can lead to a resumption of bilateral ties,” he said. Misbah said it was unfortunate that Pakistan, despite being a top cricket nation, was not being allowed to play in the IPL.      “It does irritate you. But one can’t do anything. Relations between the two countries are always dictated by political issues.”  The Test and ODI captain also stressed on the need for resumption of regular bilateral ties with India.  “Playing India is very important for us from a cricketing and financial point of view. The more we play against each other, the more mature the audiences will also become. There is always something special about playing against India and the players do miss contests against them,” he said. “As such there has been no tensions between players we sit together and we get along. But when we play obviously there is great pressure on both sides because of the hype and expectations that come from a Indo-Pak match,” Misbah added. Misbah made it clear he had no clear time-line in his mind about retiring from the game. The 37-year-old player said he would continue to play as long as he was fit and able to do justice to his team.  “I don’t want to hang around preventing some young player from coming in. The day I feel enough is enough and I am not doing justice I will quit. I am only going on in international cricket because at my age I am still passionate about the sport and see playing at the top level as a big challenge.”  Misbah advocated the formation of a players’ union as he feels it can help reduce the controversies that plague the Pakistani team.  “A players association with the right people in place can do a lot in Pakistan cricket. It can improve communication between players, management and board. It can educate and guide players on contentious issues. It can lead to a reduction in the controversies and scandals that hit Pakistan cricket.”  With inputs from PTI. advertisementlast_img


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