India is Safe to Host Series against Pakistan: Laxman

The stylish Hyderabadi batsman pointed out that the fans enjoyed the game when Pakistan toured India in December 2012- January 2013 for three ODIs and two T20s.

Published: 02nd June 2014 10:46 PM  |   Last Updated: 02nd June 2014 10:46 PM   |  A+A-

Laxman_PTI
By PTI

MUMBAI: While comparing the contest between India and arch-rivals Pakistan to the Ashes, former India batsman VVS Laxman today said India is safe to host the matches, should a bilateral series between the neighbouring countries take place.  

The stylish Hyderabadi batsman pointed out that the fans enjoyed the game when Pakistan toured India in December 2012- January 2013 for three ODIs and two T20s.

"When Pakistan came for three one-dayers and two T20, the crowd really loved it. I don't think any problem would be happening. It is like Ashes and everyone looks forward to the Ashes and the England and Australia rivalry and it is traditional rivalry.     

"I think it is the same, on par with the Ashes, the India Pakistan rivalry. I don't see any problem hosting in India but I am not sure about Pakistan. Ramiz (Raja) is a better person to tell. I know for a fact that since the attack that happened on the Sri Lankan cricket team, lot of players are apprehensive of going there," Laxman said at the Ceat Cricket Rating awards.     

Former wicket-keeper batsman Syed Kirmani, however, suggested that the best way to revive the cricketing ties between the two country was to host the series at a neutral venue in Asia.     

"The best thing to start the bilateral relations is to have India Pakistan play at a neutral place to start with. I think that would be the best idea to go about to having a series with Pakistan," the former India stumper, who was part of the World Cup winning squad in 1983 said.     

"It should be in a neutral place. It will give an opportunity if Pakistan and India play in Asian countries where the Asian Cricket Council is trying to promote cricket. It will be a wonderful opportunity for those Asian countries to see the top two teams of Asia play one another and that would be a source of inspiration," he added.     

Former Pakistan player and cricket commentator Ramiz Raja said, "It (India Pakistan series) must happen because it is great for the game."

Stay up to date on all the latest Cricket news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp