Hold your horses: it’s In­dia v Pak­istan

Sunday Times - - SPORT -

“IT’S not just a game of cricket, it’s a lot more than that.”

Those are the words of for­mer Pak­istan cap­tain Asif Iqbal be­fore ar­guably the biggest match in sport this year.

To­day, Edg­bas­ton will host In­dia vs Pak­istan in the Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy group stage.

More than a bil­lion fans from all over the world, both Pak­istan and In­dian na­tives and those with her­itage from those coun­tries, will turn their at­ten­tion to the West Mid­lands.

Their last 50-over meet­ing was in the 2015 World Cup in Aus­tralia, when In­dia ran out com­fort­able win­ners.

In­dia v Pak­istan is a ri­valry which has evolved from be­ing solely about bor­ders and po­lit­i­cal brag­ging rights to one where crick­et­ing supremacy is a ma­jor source of pride. —

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