The Pakistani bowling legend, Wasim Akram expressed his opinion about the ongoing turmoil about the India-Pakistan bilateral series, saying that Pakistan should not boycott the World Twenty20.
There has been speculation about Pakistan skipping the T20I World Cup scheduled to be held in India in February-March 2016.
India has been delaying their response with regard to when the bilateral series should be held. According to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two countries last year, the bilateral series should be taking place in December 2015.
Akram felt that boycotting a major cricketing event like the T20I World Cup would only affect Pakistani players and Pakistan Cricket in the long run.
“The World Twenty20 is an ICC event and we should participate in it at all costs. If we don’t it will harm us in the long run. Not playing in the World Twenty20 will only affect our players and our cricket.
“If India doesn’t want to play with us, fine, we can also survive without playing them. But the problem of terrorism will not be finished even if we play or don’t play,” he said.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman, Shahryar Khan said that The PCB will seek security clearance from the Pakistan government before making a decision on whether to send the Pakistan team to the 2016 T20 World Cup.
Akram believed that playing cricket would help both the countries resolve some of their issues and help the people to forget all the enmity that exists between the nations. Pakistan and India last played a bilateral series in December 2012-January 2013.
If India fails to come up with a schedule for a series soon, the PCB could move forward with legal action on account of not following the MoU.
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