Azharuddin hopeful of India-Pakistan bilateral series

Karachi :Former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin believes if Indian and Pakistan cricket boards continue to hold talks there will be a breakthrough in the proposed bilateral series.

“I am hopeful that eventually Pakistan and India cricket matches will be revived. It could happen soon it could take some time. But it will happen,” Azharuddin told Geo News channel.

The 52-year-old, who has played 99 tests and 334 one-day internationals, said that it was a fact that cricket relations between the two countries were subject to clearance from the governments.

“I think the best thing is that these two boards should continue to hold talks on regular basis. When you discuss things than eventually you have a breakthrough,” he said. The former stylish batsman ruled out speculations that India didn’t want to play Pakistan.

“I don’t think that is true but the Indian cricket board has to get clearance before playing Pakistan. Why wouldn’t they want to play Pakistan. A Indo-Pak series is always well received and is a boost for both boards and teams.”

Azharuddin said at the moment the situation might appear bleak as far as Indo-Pak cricket relations are concerned.

“But if discussions continue things can change. My belief is sooner or later both will play against each other.”

The last bilateral series between India and Pakistan was played in December 2012 and January 2013 when Pakistan toured India for three ODIs and two T20s. Bilateral cricketing ties between the two neighbouring countries were snapped after the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008.

The former skipper said he had always enjoyed cricket battles with Pakistan and would like to see a revival soon as it was good for both countries.