Aaqib Javed, the former Pakistan pacer, has Stated Extreme contests Involving India and Pakistan May improve the Caliber of Test cricket while he was Frustrated with the absence of Indian cricketers in the South Africa T20 Global League.
The standard of cricket will not only enhance, but also revive Test cricket, according to former Pakistan pacer Aaqib Javed. (Getty Images)
Former Pakistan fast bowler Aaqib Javed, who is manager of cricket operations for Durban Qalandars at the T20 Global League of South Africa, is miffed with cricketers in the tournament’s absence.
The T20 league’s franchise owners, not Aaqib are upset too. Owner of Benoni Zalmi, Javed Afridi, believes Indian cricketers in the league could have been ideal but India-Pakistan rivalry will be seen by fans when Shah Rukh Khan’s Cape Town Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils’ GMR group’s Jo’burg Giants will face-off.
“Unfortunately, India and Pakistan cricketers will not be playing against each other at the Global League also it could be left to Pakistan owners versus Indian owners. Shah Rukh has roots in Peshawar. Individuals are looking to see that his group shoot on Benoni Zalmi. Following the success of this Pakistan Super League, then There’s a buzz regarding the Worldwide T20 League,” said Afridi.
Former South Africa skipper Graeme Smith was appointed head coach of Gauteng franchise, Benoni Zalmi, that is directed by Quinton de Kock. Posters of Benoni vs Cape Town being ‘the league’s model of ‘Pak vs India’ and photographs of Afridi and Shah Rukh are currently doing the rounds on social media.
Fawad Rana, owner of Durban Qalandars, believes the BCCI would finally let its players to compete at the team that is T20 and he would be the first to buy Virat Kohli. “I’d have loved to buy Virat for my team. I believe finally the Indian Board enables its players to play in leagues. It will not be like this,” said Fawad.
Aaqib, who is remembered for his haul against India at Sharjah in 1991, which comprised a hat-trick, ” he is longing for India-Pak cricket to make a comeback.
Talking to Hindustan Times, the 22-Test and 163-ODI veteran said, “There’s traditional rivalry between both countries when it comes to cricket. Matches between India and Pakistan, Together with Ashes can raise cricket. Sport should be kept by the governments apart and let fans relish cricket. Imagine how large the India and Pakistan match will be after the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 final. The ICC should start looking into this and push the Indian Board to demonstrate some comfort.”
Although they did play, the BCCI has got Pakistan cricketers in the Indian Premier League. “It’s fantastic to see global cricket return to Pakistan after a very long hiatus. In making it happen 18, it was a brilliant effort in West Indies Boards and the Sri Lankan. The World XI vs Pakistan T20 matches each month will open the doorway for much more games. Suppose if India visited Pakistan or Pakistan went for a Test Series, it would be legendary. It’s sad that game is hauled into political problems,” said Aaqib, who formed a prosperous troika with Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis in the 90s.