India-Pakistan game in Asia Cup will be exciting: Younis Khan

India-Pakistan game in Asia Cup will be exciting: Younis Khan

India and Pakistan have met each other 129 times in ODIs with Pakistan having a 72-53 edge with four games remaining inconclusive.

Younis Khan
Pakistan’s Younis Khan. (Photo by JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Former Pakistan captain and one of their best batsmen ever Younis Khan on Tuesday said the encounter between India and Pakistan in the upcoming Asia Cup 2018 will be an exciting one to watch. The 40-year-old former cricketer said this to the media at a cricket camp for Balochistan cricketers in Quetta and added that both teams have equal chances of winning it and whoever plays better on the given day will have the last laugh.

India will take on Pakistan in their second match of the 14th Asia Cup on September 19 in the UAE. Both the arch-rivals have been clubbed with qualifiers Hong Kong in Group A of the tournament. The other group comprises former champions Sri Lanka, two-time runners-up Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

India will be without Virat Kohli, who has been rested and will be led by Rohit Sharma. The Men in Blue have won the tournament a record six times while Pakistan have won it twice. Sri Lanka are the second most successful team in Asia Cup with five title victories. India’s latest title came in 2016 when they beat Bangladesh in the final.

Khan, who scored an unbeaten 123 against India in an Asia Cup game in Karachi in 2008 to a winning cause, said the two teams should play each other more regularly. “A series like Ashes can be played between the two teams. It doesn’t have to be every year. It would be every two years or three years,” he was quoted as saying.

India and Pakistan have met each other 129 times in ODIs with Pakistan having a 72-53 edge with four games remaining inconclusive.

Tournaments like PSL important for improving cricket

On Pakistan’s domestic cricket, Khan said tournaments like Pakistan Super League are important for improving its cricket. “Bangladesh and India both have their own cricket leagues and their cricket has vastly improved,” the owner of over 17,000 international runs said, adding that these leagues are good in discovering new talents.

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