Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik said on Saturday that India and Pakistan should play more games with each other and feel that it would not only provide entertainment for fans of both countries but also for the rest of the world. Shoaib Malik also stated that the matches would bring the people of both countries closer together. The Asia Cup 2018 begins on September 15 with Bangladesh facing Sri Lanka in the opening match of the tournament to be held in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. However, all eyes will be on the India vs Pakistan match scheduled for September 19.
"It is for the benefit of all if India and Pakistan play a maximum number of matches with each other, as it brings entertainment not only for the people of both countries, but also for the rest of the world." It also brings people from India and Pakistan they are closer to each other, "Malik said, quoting Dawn.com.
"Cricket players from India and Pakistan are professionals and want to give their best on the field, and off the field, they like to behave like friends and we eat meals together," added the right-handed hitter.
Reflecting on the omission of the team's multiplayer hitter Mohammad Hafeez before the next Asian Cup 2018, Malik said the best way to deal with that is to have a good performance on the national circuit.
"As a cricketer, everyone faces these problems in their career, and the best way to deal with it is to act on the domestic circuit and also to have conversations with the authorities involved so that they have their [player’s] reserves if they exist, eliminated, "he said.
The shock of the Asian Cup will be the first time these two countries will face each other after Pakistan's victory over India in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 and Malik believes that the key to winning the game would be to play without additional pressure.
Malik added that the next 2019 World Cup would be his last ODI tournament, while he intends to extend his T20I career to the 2020 World T20.
(With ANI tickets)