Pakistan Twenty20 captain Shahid Afridi said Friday he wants his country’s cricket board to stop advocating for a test series against India and concentrate more on persuading other teams to tour Pakistan.
The Pakistan Cricket Board is still waiting for the green light from its Indian counterpart for December’s planned test and limited-overs series in the United Arab Emirates.
Both countries’ cricket boards have signed an agreement to play at least six times from 2015-2023, but the India board needs its government’s approval to revive cricketing ties with Pakistan.
“I don’t know why we are pushing for series against India again and again,”
Afridi told reporters in Lahore during Pakistan’s short training camp ahead of next week’s limited-overs tour to Zimbabwe.
“I don’t see any reason to play (against India) if they don’t want to play. We have invited them and if they do not want to play then it shouldn’t be any worry, we are still happy.”
The last time both teams played a test series was in 2007 when Pakistan toured India. Pakistan last hosted India for a test series in 2006.
Pakistan has scheduled Twenty20 internationals against Zimbabwe, England and New Zealand ahead of the World Twenty20 tournament in India next March and April, after which Afridi has said he will quit playing the shortest cricket format. Afridi has already stopped playing ODIs following Pakistan’s loss in the quarterfinals of the Cricket World Cup in Australia in March.
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