Wasim Akram : I don’t think ICC has power to pursue BCCI to play against Pakistan

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Wasim Akram : I don’t think ICC has power to pursue BCCI to play against Pakistan

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Wasim Akram has stated that International Cricket Council didn’t have that much of power to pursue the BCCI to play a bilateral series with Pakistan. The "King of Swing" has also added that an India-Pakistan series is more entertaining as compared to the oldest rivalry of cricket - The Ashes.

The political tensions between India and Pakistan have seen the two neighbours refraining from playing any international matches, barring ICC events. The last Test match between the two countries was played almost a decade ago and the MoU was signed between Pakistan and India in 2014, which meant the two rivals were scheduled to play 24 matches (six series) over a 10-year period, it didn't see the light of day. ICC also remained quite on the matter. 

"I don't think ICC has the power to pursue BCCI, but again I have always said people-to-people contact is necessary. Politics and sport should be kept separate," Akram was quoted as saying by Geo TV.

From this month, Australia will play against England to reclaim the iconic Ashes and ahead of the series, the legendary player, who took 502 wickets from 356 ODIs, claimed that in comparison to Ashes, an India-Pakistan match is more exciting to watch.

"A Pakistan-India match is more fun to watch than the Ashes. Twenty million people watch the Ashes while a Pakistan-India match is watched by a billion people," Akram opined.

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