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ICC Test championship without Pakistan-India tie makes no sense: Waqar

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Published Mar 17, 2020, 7:31 pm IST
Updated Mar 17, 2020, 7:31 pm IST
The pace bowler played just four Tests against Indian in his 14-year career due to the strained relations between India and Pakistan
Former Pakistan pace bowler Waqar Younis. DC file photo
 Former Pakistan pace bowler Waqar Younis. DC file photo

Karachi: Former pace great Waqar Younis feels that the ICC World Test hampionship doesn't make sense if it doesn't feature any match between arch-rivals India and Pakistan.

The World Test Championship features nine top-ranked Test teams, who will play six bilateral Test series against mutually chosen opponents with the top two nations with most points at the end of the league clashing in the final in England in June 2021.

 

"I know it is a difficult situation between Pakistan and India even at government to government level but I think the ICC needed to play a more proactive role in this championship," Waqar said in an interview to the YouTube channel Cricket Baaz.

"The ICC should have intervened and done something because to me having a test championship without Pakistan and India Test matches makes no sense," he said.

Since the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, India hasn't toured Pakistan. The two neighbours have also not played a full Test bilateral series since 2007 due to strained political and diplomatic relations.

 

Waqar lamented that due to the on and off strained relations with India, he got to play only four Tests against them in an international career spanning 14 years, featuring 87 Tests and 262 ODIs.

"It's always been like this. That is why making my Test debut against India is something I don't forget," he said.

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