Legendary Pakistani fast bowler Waqar Younis believes it’s time for a return to bilateral cricket between rivals India and Pakistan which would be “the biggest hit of the world”.
The two subcontinental nations haven’t played a bilateral series of any sort since January 13, while they’ve not met in Test cricket since 2007-08.
There is significant political tension between the two countries but Waqar, who played 87 Tests and took 373 wickets for Pakistan said there was an appetite from fans for a bilateral series.
“If you go and ask people of both the countries on whether Pakistan and India should play each other, everyone, around 95% of them will agree that cricket between these two should be played,” Waqar told QT20 for GloFans.
“Call it ‘Imran-Kapil Series’ or ‘Independence Series’ or whatever name we give to it, I think it would be the biggest hit of the world.
“I think Pakistan and India should play, and should play on a regular basis to avoid depriving cricket lovers of India and Pakistan.”
The two nations have met at recent 50-over and T20 World Cup tournaments, including a fierce contest at last year’s World Cup when they met at Old Trafford in Manchester.
India actually hold a 7-0 win-loss record against Pakistan at World Cup tournaments, further reinforcing the rivalry.
However, Waqar said there would be something special about matches between the two nations not being played on neutral territory, calling for one of the nations to host a series.
“I do see Pakistan and India playing bilateral series,” Waqar added.
“I am not sure where though, but I hope it will be either in Pakistan or in India.
” You don’t want to see them playing in some other country because that’s where you want to see them.
“You want to see them playing in their own countries. But I definitely say that in the next few years, Pakistan and India will be playing.”