Pakistan can 'survive' without playing India, says Wasim Akram

The former Pakistan Captain says boycotting an ICC event can have serious repercussions


Sports Desk December 14, 2015
PHOTO: AFP

Veteran left-arm fast-bowler Wasim Akram said Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) should not even think about boycotting World T20, which is taking place in India next year, as that is an ICC event, and the repercussions of such an act will harm Pakistan cricket in the long run.

"The World T20 is an ICC event and we should participate in it at all costs. If we don't it will harm us in the long run," said Akram while talking at a function in Karachi .

"Not playing in the World T20 will only affect our players and our cricket.”

The former Pakistan captain also went on to say that Pakistan cricket can survive without playing against India.

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“If India doesn't want to play us then that's fine, we can also survive without playing them,” said Akram.

The left-arm great, who is the second highest wicket taker in the ODI format,  blamed the Indians for taking too long to decide about the series, and also urged their authorities to understand that playing or not playing cricket will not solve the problem of terrorism.

"I realise that the Indians have taken too long to decide on the bilateral series with Pakistan,” said Akram.

“The problem of terrorism will not be affected whether we play or not."

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However, the 49-year-old remains hopeful of the chances of the series in the near future.

“Even if it does not happen now, it will happen soon," concluded Akram.

The article originally appeared on NDTV.com

COMMENTS (14)

Chacha Jee | 5 years ago | Reply Indians will find a way to Pakistanis out of India. Dharmsala is the smallest venue for the match. It chosen because this is where Chinese foe Dalai Lama lives and very few muslim. Getting visa for pakistanis is going to be pain in the rear. For Indians under modi, it is take it or leave it situation. Movement of Pakistani players will be curtailed citing security reasons. Just my analysis based on prevailing scenarios.
Abdul | 5 years ago | Reply @Roshan Congratulations: you can hear what nobody else can- ie your BCCI's "big no"! LoL Like I said, BCCI has neither the courage nor the courtesy the world wants. And let me tell you something: nobody really cares about this BCCI or its arrogance. Like nobody begged your PM to come talk to our PM or your FM to come to Pakistan. Till the time they are under pressure from terrorists such as RSS, Shiv Sena and Bajrang Dal, it's useless to talk to the powerless Indian govt.
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