ISLAMABAD: Former Test Cricketer Abdul Qadir on Thursday urged the Pakistan cricket team to take their encounter of the Asia Cup against India as a practice match saying the green-shirts instead should focus on World Twenty20 clash in India next month so as to break the jinx against the arch-rivals.
Pakistan will play India, first on February 27 (Saturday) at the Asia Cup in Dhaka, and on March 19 in Dha ramsala (Himachal Pradesh, India) at the World T20. Pakistan has won a total of 19 matches on Indian soil while India has won 11 but Pakistan has never beaten India in the World Cup matches. India beat Pakistan in the 2011 ODI World Cup semifinals in Mohali and then again in the 2015 World Cup opener in Australia.
Talking to APP, Qadir said the Indian team looks favorite for Saturday’s match but on paper our team is way better than them. “Our team is unpredictable and can beat any other team on its day,” he said.
“Pakistan should take the Saturday’s encounter as a normal practice match for the World T20. Pakistan should judge the Indian team in this match and should prepare according to it for the W T20,” he said.
Qadir lauded the government for allowing Pakistan team to participate in the World T20 and said it is a very good move from our government who had kept sports and politics apart.
“The Indian government should also think like our government and help in improving peace in subcontinent,” he said. Speaking about the T20 Skipper Shahid Afridi’s taking a U-return from his retirement, he said if the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) would have set some rules for a player’s retirement then this u-turns wouldn’t have been possible.
He said the PCB needs to set rules. “If a player wants retirement from cricket then he should be made to give it in writing to the PCB so that if in the near future if he thinks of taking a u-turn the PCB should not allow him to do so,” he said.
He said the PCB earlier asked its cricketers to officially retire before acquiring a No Objection Certificate (NOC) for the Masters Champions League (MCL). “Where are their rules now. The rules should be same for every player,” he said.
PCB should not consider those players in their future plans who once announce their retirement. This way the players will be bound to follow rules,” he said.