Pakistan, India players ignore each other during Asia Cup training

Published: February 27, 2016
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Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi stretches during a training session at the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah on February 26, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi stretches during a training session at the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah on February 26, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

Both Pakistan and India trained adjacent to each other inside the main stadium at the Khan Saheb Osman Ali Stadium between on Friday. However, during the entire two-and-a-half-hour training session, no pleasantries were exchanged between members of both sides.

The management had set up four nets on the four centre strips of the main stadium. In the first two nets, Indian batsmen practiced whereas the Pakistani players used the next two nets.

In the past, players used to mingle with each other in training sessions, for example Wasim Akram exchanging a quick hello with Sachin Tendulkar or Mohammad Azharuddin.

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It is unknown whether this was due to the ensuing tension of the match or due to the recently aborted Pak-India series.

However, skipper Shahid Afridi spoke about how politics and cricket should not be mixed.

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“Sports can always develop good relationship between countries. I think the Pakistani people want to see the Indians in Pakistan and vice-versa. We should not try to paint sporting activities in political colours. Our government always took the first step in this regard,” the Pakistan captain said.

This article originally appeared on IBNLive.

Reader Comments (10)

  • sunny
    Feb 27, 2016 - 5:16PM

    Pakistan should not play any kind of match with hindustan. hindustan disrespected our PCB chairman and cricket fans. As a little cricket fan , i am going to ban watching all matches of T20WC and Asia cup. It’s a peaceful protest by patriot Pakistani citizen. It’s the least thing i can do.Recommend

  • jay
    Feb 27, 2016 - 5:16PM

    yes Afridi same way trade and politics should not be mixed . How about asking ur govt to allow Indian trade with Afghanistan VIA PAk? The income will help Pakistani pay back some loansRecommend

  • Sunny
    Feb 27, 2016 - 6:08PM

    As a cricket fan and a Pakistani citizen, i am going to boycott watching T20WC and Asia cup because of Indian Extremism towards Pakistan. India disrespect our PCB chairman. ICC should consider moving WC to another country because India is unsafe.Recommend

  • Last Man Alive
    Feb 27, 2016 - 6:27PM

    Now Nawaz Sharif will very angry with Pakistani team for being not servile
    to his master indians. Nawaz’s son has business interests with
    indians and he can go to any lowest lengths to
    appease his indian masters.

    Remember how

    he was angry with Pakistani high commissioner

    in india for protesting hindu fascists’ attack

    on New Delhi PIA office.Recommend

  • OSD
    Feb 27, 2016 - 9:32PM

    @Last Man Alive: how is Nawaz Sharif connected with this?Recommend

  • Woz ahmed
    Feb 27, 2016 - 10:19PM

    @Last Man Alive:

    Can you expand on Nawazs families business interests with India, I know his son runs a property portfolio in the UK but nothing else.

    Cricket is just a game, to me means nothing. I look forward to our nations competing on education and health, that would really make a difference.Recommend

  • Supersequel
    Feb 28, 2016 - 1:33AM

    @Jay, how about asking your government to allow Pakistani media to be shown in Indian-held Kashmir and allow Pakistani transporters or products to use Indian highways to go to Bangladesh/Nepal/Myanmar/ etc? Oh wait, no, big brother India won’t. SAARC is a faarce. Pakistan has no relationship with South Asia besides with northern India and Muslim Bangladesh–and that’s it. There I said it. Recommend

  • Supersequel
    Feb 28, 2016 - 1:35AM

    Also, as a finance graduate from NYU, why do Indians always talk of Pakistan obtaining loans and aid? Do you know how many countries give aid and loans to India despite her space program?Seriously, Pakistanis, learn to debate back with valid points and stop looking down at your country. Recommend

  • Last Man Alive
    Feb 28, 2016 - 12:58PM

    @Woz ahmed: Now could you kindly let me know of a prime minister in this planet

    who’d take his businessman son on a state visit then in that country he’d take

    him to the houses of businessmen at the expense of the state?

    Remember how nawaz sharif took his son to india on state visit and took him

    to indian businessmen’s houses.Recommend

  • Last Man Alive
    Feb 28, 2016 - 12:59PM

    @OSD: He is lovingly connected to everything indian.Recommend

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