Nawaz Sharif wants India-Pakistan cricket ties to resume

Published: April 9, 2012
PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif says he would like to play for Pakistan when the Indian team tours. PHOTO: Express/FILE

PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif says he would like to play for Pakistan when the Indian team tours. PHOTO: Express/FILE

LAHORE: Pakistan’s opposition party leader Nawaz Sharif on Monday called for reviving cricketing ties between Pakistan and India to help improve relations between the two countries.

All bilateral sporting ties including the most sought-after cricket games were stalled after the November 2008 Mumbai attacks, which killed 166 people including some foreigners, blamed on militants based in Pakistan.

“The Indian cricket team should come to Pakistan and the Pakistan team should tour India because cricket can bring the two countries closer,” he told reporters.

Sharif served as Pakistan’s Prime Minister twice in the 1990s and played one first class cricket match as batsman in 1974.

Under Sharif’s rule, Pakistan toured India in 1999.

“I am ready to do my part in reviving the ties. In fact I want to be part of the Pakistan team when India come to play us,” Sharif said jokingly.

On Sunday, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, during his day long visit to India, requested that Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh resume cricketing ties between the two countries.

Zardari reportedly said he was looking forward to the Indian cricket team travelling to Pakistan to play cricket on Pakistani soil.

Singh told Zardari that he would take up the matter with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

The BCCI blames their team’s hectic schedule as the main obstacle to finding the time for the tour.

India and Pakistan are slated to play against each other in the Future Tours Programme of the International Cricket Council between 2012-2018, subject to clearance from both governments.

Pakistan last toured India in 2007 while India featured in the Asia Cup held across the border in 2008

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Lazarus
    Apr 9, 2012 - 10:14PM

    We want first that Siachen border issues to be resolved rather than lame cricket we can wait for cricket, But can’t watch our young soldiers getting buried in snow.


  • Arjun Shetty
    Apr 10, 2012 - 2:09AM

    Cricket can wait. Pakistan needs another 30 years to just set it house in order. Nawaz is the culprit in Kargil…just such junk talk.


  • geeko
    Apr 10, 2012 - 5:32AM

    He played FC cricket too by the way, that’s the article “Cricket tragics” you can read on Cricinfo:

    While Imran Khan is Pakistan most famous cricketer-turned-politician, Sharif, the man ousted as prime minister in a coup led by General Pervez Musharraf in October 1999, also has a cricketing background, albeit not in the same league. In 1973-74 Sharif made his only first-class appearance for Railways, making a duck in his only innings.

    Hopefully in the next general elections he’ll know the same fate.


  • Hrithik
    Apr 10, 2012 - 5:36AM

    @Lazarus And we want the Hafiz Saeed issue to be solved first rather than Siachen border issue, we can wait for it. But, we can’t watch our innocent civilians getting killed by terrorists.


  • malik
    Apr 10, 2012 - 7:49AM

    Indian team will have an exciting ride in a nice bus from hotel to stadium !


  • Apr 10, 2012 - 10:57AM

    Pakistan should link resumption of cricket ties to progress on MFN status.
    India will be touring Pakistan next month.


  • Shahid Mirza
    Apr 10, 2012 - 1:17PM

    India Pakistan cricket match in the night at the GaddhaFi stadium Lahore….wow. In the absence of electricty in Pakistan, the cricket ball and the rules will be the same as for the Blind Cricket!


  • Meem
    Apr 10, 2012 - 10:16PM

    And this is news because apparently he is the only person who ever came up with the idea, right?


  • gujranwala789
    Apr 11, 2012 - 1:19AM

    Nawaz I did not expect this from you, behave like a nationalist leader.


  • Iram
    Apr 14, 2012 - 11:08AM

    I feel Nwaz Sharif is not in his senses.


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