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‘Why link cricket with political relations?’ Misbah-ul-Haq says Pakistan must visit India to play World Cup

Latest UpdatesNews'Why link cricket with political relations?' Misbah-ul-Haq says Pakistan must visit India to play World Cup

Former Pakistan captain on Saturday said that Pakistan must visit India for the upcoming ODI World Cup.

He said politics should be kept away from cricket and the two things shouldn’t be mixed.

“When there can be contacts between the two countries in other sports, why not in cricket,” Misbah said at a function in Karachi. “Why link cricket with political relations? It is unfair to deprive people of a chance to see their teams play against each other.

“It is great injustice to the fans who follow Pakistan and Indian cricket a lot.”

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) recently conveyed to the ICC and the BCCI that the national team’s participation in the World Cup is subject to government clearance due to the tense relations between the two countries.

“Certainly, Pakistan should be playing in the World Cup even in India,” Misbah said. “The many times I have played in India, we have enjoyed the pressure and crowds there because it gives you motivation and conditions in India suit us. Our team has the capability to do well in Indian conditions.”

“What is happening outside their sphere, they should not think about it,” he said. “The key to doing well in the World Cup in India is to get the playing XIs right at particular venues and against particular opposition.”

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