With signs of a possible India and Pakistan cricket series in 2015 even at a neutral venue Sri Lanka receding very fast, former Pakistan captain, the legendary Wasim Akram, has now advised the PCB against thinking about a boycott of the World T20 in India in March-April next year.
“I realise that the Indians have taken too much time over deciding on the bilateral series with Pakistan, but even if it does not happen now it will happen soon,” Akram said at a function in Karachi.
“But yes I think the Indian board ( BCCI) should also give a clear answer whether they want to play or not and put the issue aside,” the Sultan of Swing added. “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,” Akram said.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Shaharyar Khan has reportedly said that the PCB will seek security clearance from the government before deciding to send its team to India for the World T20.
“Not playing in the World T20 will only affect our players and our cricket. If India doesn’t want to play with us fine we can also survive without playing them. But the problem of terrorism will not be finished even if we play or don’t play,” Akram opined.
The legendary left-armer, who is also the bowling coach of the IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders, a team co- owned by Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Kha, said, he had always got the same love and adulation in India that the people of Pakistan always have for Sachin Tendulkar. “If we play bilateral cricket it is good for both countries,” he added.