Shiv Sunny, an ardent cricket fan says, “Cricket brings both the countries, India and Pakistan together.” One has to agree with it. In fact, it can play an important role, as diplomats, ministers of both the countries come and watch the game sitting next to one another and share smiles, which is not always possible. It would be a wonderful sight too.
Nishath Nizar, a sports journalist also holds the same view. “There is no harm in India playing against Pakistan in a bilateral series considering the fact, sports plays an important role in bringing the nations closer,” Nizar says. Everyone expects the series between the two countries to help in developing better relations. But, it would be unfair to expect cricket playing a political role and improve relations. Nishath is of the opinion that such kind of series should be played more consistently.
Sunil Gavaskar, on the other hand does not reportedly seem to be pleased with the BCCI's decision to host Pakistan, as India would also be hosting England from November 2012-January2013. It is during the same period that India will also host Pakistan, so the Indian players do not even have an option to rest as the best team would be selected for the high profiled series. It seems that the BCCI has just slotted the fixtures without thinking about players fatigue.
Gaekwad says, “Too much cricket is played nowadays, which leads to player injuries.” Nishath is critical of the BCCI and says that they have arranged the series 'for the sake of revenue'. He further adds, “This India-Pakistan series should have been better planned. It seems to be too rushed.”
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