‘No chances of India-Pakistan bilateral series with Modi government in power,’ says Shahid Afridi

The former all-rounder said that Pakistani establishment is ready for a bilateral series, but he doesn't see it happening with Modi at helm.

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Former Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi (L) and Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi.

Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi feels that there are no chances for bilateral cricket series between India and Pakistan until Narendra Modi’s government is in power.

“The government of Pakistan is always ready but with the present regime [in India] there are no such chances of [resuming] cricket relations, of [Pakistan-India] series. With Modi in power, I don’t see it’s going to happen,” Shahid Afridi was quoted as saying by Arab News.

I have enjoyed cricket in India: Shahid Afridi

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Moreover, Afridi also believes that the Pakistani cricketers are missing a big opportunity by not playing the Indian Premier League (IPL) as it is a huge brand in world cricket and an excellent opportunity for every cricket player.

“I know that IPL is a very big brand in the world of cricket and it is an excellent opportunity for, whether it’s Babar Azam or many other Pakistani players to go there [to India] and play under pressure and share dressing rooms. So, in my opinion, Pakistani players are missing a big opportunity,” Afridi added.

When Pakistani veteran was asked if he was more loved in India than in Pakistan, he said, “No doubt, the way I have enjoyed cricket in India; I have always appreciated the love and respect that I have gotten from the people of India. And now when I speak on social media, I get many messages from India and I reply to many people. I believe that my overall experience in India has been excellent.”

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