India and Pakistan have not played bilateral cricket since 2013 and the two Asian giants have met only at major ICC and ACC tournaments in the recent past. They last played a Test series in 2008.
Despite the strain in bilateral ties between India and Pakistan over the years, Indian players like Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni have earned a lot of love from across the border. Several Pakistan cricket fans, in the past, have showcased their admiration for many Indian cricketers.
However, on Saturday, a group of Pakistan cricket fans in Lahore held up a banner, requesting the Indian team to come and play cricket in Pakistan. The fans were posing for a photo with the banner at the Gaddafi Stadium during a PSL match between Islamabad United and Multan Sultans.
A Pakistani journalist Saj Sadiq on Saturday tweeted the photo with the caption: “Lahori fans want the Indian team to vist #Cricket”
Earlier, former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar had said it’s high time India and Pakistan resume playing bilateral cricket, keeping aside the political differences between the 2 Asian neighbours.
Stressing that India-Pakistan bilateral cricket is good news for fans, the rivalry and monetary aspects, Akhtar said the two teams should at least consider playing each other in a neutral venue if visiting the other country remains an issue.