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Shahid Afridi said about hosting the Asia Cup - BCCI should send Team India to Pakistan, we will give them...

Pankaj Prasad
Shahid Afridi
Shahid Afridi

Talking about the history of India-Pakistan cricket relations, Afridi shared memorable anecdotes from India's tour of Pakistan in 2005.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) are at loggerheads over the hosting of the Asia Cup. The PCB is in favor of holding this year's tournament in its own country, while Asian Cricket Council President Jai Shah has given a statement to hold it in a neutral country. In such a situation, there has been a lot of rhetoric from both the countries. Many cricketers are also not holding back from making statements in this matter. Now former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has also given a big statement. He has said that till some time back he too had received threats from an Indian, but his team still went to India.

The former Pakistan captain said in a conversation with the media on the occasion of Legends League Cricket – Who is saying no to the Asia Cup? India is saying no. Afridi further said that his country will take great care of the Indian team if India decides to tour Pakistan for the Asia Cup. Afridi said - If you send the Indian team then it is right. We will keep them on our head. Earlier an Indian from Mumbai, I will not take his name, had threatened Pakistan that he would not be allowed to come to India. But we kept everything aside and our government took it as a responsibility and Pakistan team went to India. That's why threats should not spoil our relations. The dangers will remain.

Talking about the history of India-Pakistan cricket relations, Afridi shared memorable anecdotes from India's tour of Pakistan in 2005. He said- It would have been really good if India had come to Pakistan. It would have been a step towards cricket for India and towards Pakistan. This is not the generation of war and quarrels, we want better relations. We have played a lot of matches against India. I remember when we came to India, we got a wonderful response. If you remember the 2005 series, Harbhajan and Yuvraj used to go shopping and restaurants and no one took money from them. This is the beauty of the relations between the two countries.