Shahid Afridi blames the Indian government for stopping series against Pakistan
The former Pakistani cricketer said its all about battling the nerves in a crucial game like India vs Pakistan
Published - Mar 30, 2017 4:42 pm | Updated - Mar 30, 2017 4:42 pm
Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi spoke about the nonhappening of bilateral ties between the two rival nations India and Pakistan and blamed the Indian government for the same. The leg-spinner believes that the Board of Control for Cricket in India does not have any problems in having bilateral ties with Pakistan.
Afridi who has been part of a lot of India-Pakistan encounters said that Pakistan’s match against India is the most important and exciting match in the champions trophy. He also spoke about the importance of holding the nerves in a crucial game like India vs Pakistan.
“I don’t think that BCCI has any problems with series against Pakistan. It is their [India’s] government which is stopping cricket. “It is all about handling pressure,” said the former captain about the Pakistan vs India game.
“The team which handles the pressure well wins the game. We shouldn’t get panicky in such a high-voltage game if we want to win it” Afridi added.
He confirmed his presence at Edgbaston where the India vs Pakistan match will be played on 4th June 2017. “I will be going to England to watch the Pakistan vs India match,” he said.
The Pakistani legend ruled out any room for complacency in a major tournament like the Champions Trophy. He feels every player needs to be at their best and avoid committing mistakes as even a small one can see his team out of the tournament.
“It’s a short tournament, top teams. There is no chance for any mistake, you do one mistake and you’re out so there is no room for any complacency in the event, you’ll have to give your best,” the allrounder said.
He was also very happy about the fact that Lahore successfully hosted the PSL final and the second edition was a grand success proving to the world that Pakistan is capable of hosting cricket matches.
“It may take time, but cricket will have to return. PSL final was a good thing and it sent a very clear message to the cricketing world.” said Afridi.