Yuvraj Singh, Shahid Afridi bat for India-Pakistan bilateral tie

Yuvraj Singh and Shahid Afridi during a match. (Source: Twitter)

India and Pakistan might have played each other in the ICC tournaments but the two sides haven’t been a part of a bilateral series for eight years now.

India-Pakistan last played a bilateral tie in 2012-13 when the Pakistan side visited India for an ODI series. India, on the other hand, visited Pakistan in 2006 for ODI and Test series respectively.

The two teams though last played each other in the World Cup 2019 where the Virat Kohli-led side thrashed their counterparts in Group fixture.

Former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh and former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi have proposed that the two nations should play a bilateral tie against each.

Afridi went on to say that if the two teams face each other, then the series will carry bigger importance than the Ashes series.

Yuvraj Singh, on the other hand, did admit that if the two sides play each other, it would be good for the sport but also said that playing against a respective nation is not in the hands of the players and they need to follow certain guidelines.

Talking to Sport360, Afridi said: “I think, if India and Pakistan were to have a series, it will be something bigger than the Ashes.”

While Yuvraj Singh added, “Yes it has been on and off (bilateral cricket). I remember playing against Pakistan in 2004, 2006 and 2008 in bilateral series. These days yeah, there has not been enough of that. But these things are not in our hands. We cannot choose which country to play against ourselves.”

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