Govts should play role in Pakistan-India series revival

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THE NATION, ISLAMABAD, 08th OCTOBER 2013:- Former Test cricketer Sarfraz Nawaz while lauding the caretaker Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi for his concerns regarding the revival of Pakistan-India cricket series next year said both the countries governments’ should also play their part in the happening of this series.
During the logo unveiling ceremony of the Pakistan and South Africa series in the UAE, Najam Sethi said he had got assurances to have a bilateral with India next year. India has not played a full bilateral series with Pakistan since 2007 although it invited Pakistan for a short series in India last December.
Talking to APP on Monday, Sarfraz Nawaz said Sethi had been paying special attention for the revival of Pakistan-India bilateral series and he believed he could make it happen with some help required from the government.
Speaking of the national Test team for series against South Africa, he said the whole teams of all three formats should have been announced by the PCB. “If our batsmen won’t score massive runs in the series then I feel our bowlers’ wouldn’t be able to win them matches,” he said adding that the said series will be a real test for our batsmen.
Former captain Zaheer Abbas said he had earlier proposed that a stadium or ground should be built at a neutral venue for the Pak-India series to be played there.
Zaheer said that besides cricket, multi-sports activities should also be held between the two nations. “This way both the countries can improve their relation by playing matches of any sports disciplines against each other they want,” he said.
He said sports could prove as a tool to make both the countries relations better and prosperous. “Sports are also a source of income and if both the countries can have any type of sports activities it would result in the betterment of the economy of both the countries and would further provide business opportunities also,” he said.
Zaheer also suggested that the Pakistan-India series should be given a name like the Australia-England Ashes series. “If this happens it would prove as a memorable series between both the countries,” he added.

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