Indo-Pak series should not be linked to politics: Misbah (Daily Times (Pakistan))

Pakistan’s Test captain Misbahul Haq has stressed on the need for Pakistan and India to revive their bilateral cricket ties this year and said it should not depend on the political relations between the two neighbouring nations. Insisting that the ups and downs of political and diplomatic relations between the two neighbouring countries will continue as always, Misbah said Sunday cricket ties should not be linked to these factors. I believe that Pakistan and India should be playing against each other in bilateral series regularly and playing cricket should not be linked to the overall political relations between the two nations, he said.

The senior batsman noted that cricket could and had played an influential role on improving ties and people of both countries also wanted to see cricket matches being played regularly. I am all for Pakistan and India resuming bilateral ties this year and it is good for the sport in both countries and players, he added.

Misbah recently said in an interview that he wanted to end his career with a series against old rivals India and hoped it happened this year in December. Under a MOU signed between the two cricket boards, Pakistan is due to host India for a test series in December in the United Arab Emirates but so far the Indian board has not responded positively to the series leaving the Pakistan board officials also in a quandary.