India’s continued stance of not playing cricket with Pakistan is against the spirit of the game.
For people living in the subcontinent, what can be more exciting than a cricket match between Pakistan and India? Whether it is a T20 competition, a one day international (ODI), or a Test match, it is always a thrill to see both countries playing with each other.
Unfortunately, such gripping moments now come once in a blue moon, as India finds it out of place to play a bilateral cricket series with Pakistan on the latter's home ground or at neutral venues due to political reasons.
nations, Pakistan and India are more into cricket than many other nations. Therefore, it is common to see people in both countries burning the effigies of their favorite players and shouting slogans against their national teams, in case of a defeat by their arch-rival.
In Pakistan, the game of cricket is quite a craze but for the Indians it is next to religion. While people in Pakistan love their cricketers more than other celebrities, people in India worship their cricketing heroes and idolize players in the same way as they idolize deities and religious figures. If cricket is a cult anywhere in the world, it is in India.
Cricket diplomacy is also a part of the foreign policy of both Pakistan and India and India often exploits the gentleman’s game to settle (or unsettle) its diplomatic relations with its neighbour. Using cricket as a political tool, the heads of state of each country have in the past exchanged their visits to improve relations, while people from across the border also travel to the other to watch matches.
From the Indian side, however, there has been an official boycott of cricket with Pakistan, except for those