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  Younis Khan wants India, Pakistan to resume Tests

Younis Khan wants India, Pakistan to resume Tests

AFP
Published : Oct 21, 2016, 12:24 am IST
Updated : Oct 21, 2016, 12:24 am IST

Senior batsman Younis Khan wants India and Pakistan to set aside their strained relations and resume five-day matches as both are giants of the game.

Senior batsman Younis Khan wants India and Pakistan to set aside their strained relations and resume five-day matches as both are giants of the game.

“It's my wish to play a Test in Pakistan again, play against India and against all top teams,” Younis told reporters in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.

“India and Pakistan are two giants of cricket — one number one and the other number two — so whatever the situation between the two nations it must be forgotten and cricket should be played, people want to watch them play.”

There has been no Test cricket between the two nations since 2007. Bilateral cricket ties were severed in the wake of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, which New Delhi blamed on militants based in Pakistan.

Pakistan did tour India in December 2012-January 2013 for a short limited over series but that failed to revive full ties, including Tests.

The two countries have come close to war since last month's attacks on a military base in Indian-administered Kashmir, again blamed on militants from Pakistan.

The PCB wants BCCI to honour its commitment of six series between 2015-2023 under a MoU signed in 2014, but linked to Indian government's clearance.

Under the MoU, Pakistan were due to host a series last year and were due in India next year but given the strained relations there are no signs of immediate cricket between them.

Location: United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi