Why India-Pak play on neutral venue, how were cricket relations restored?

India and Pakistan will clash in the Asia Cup on August 28. Before this match, know the story of the restoration of cricket relations between these two countries.

India and Pakistan will clash in Asia Cup on August 28

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in Asia Cup India-Pakistan There is going to be a competition. This match will be played in UAE on 28th August. Cricket fans of both the countries are waiting for this match between India and Pakistan. After a long time, the real action will start in the cricket field. The countdown of the match has started. Cricket fans are also more interested because India-Pakistan teams do not play series among themselves for a long time. These two teams compete only on ‘neutral venue’.

Recently, no series between India and Pakistan is proposed in the upcoming series schedules announced by the ICC. After the Asia Cup, India-Pakistan will also have to compete in the T20 World Cup. Cricket fans are praying that both these teams should compete in the knock out matches of Asia Cup and T20 World Cup. You will get continuous special coverage on TV 9 Hindi before these matches. Today, let us remind you of the restoration of cricket relations of 2004.

When Indian team went to Pakistan after 14 years

The 2004 tour of Pakistan was not that easy. This series was being played for a long time in an attempt to improve the strained relations between the two countries. The series was named Friendship Series. In both the countries, many meetings were held in closed rooms regarding this series. The security officials did a lot of exercise, then after 14 years, the Indian cricket team reached Pakistan. There were stars like Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, Kumble, Laxman in that team. This was cricket diplomacy. The then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and the President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf also wanted cricket to be played in both the countries.

History of cricket diplomacy is old

The history of cricket diplomacy between India and Pakistan is old. In 1987, the Lashkar of General Ziaul Haq came to India. Cricket was being played in the ground between the teams of Kapil Dev and Imran Khan at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur. During this time Rajiv Gandhi and General Zia met. When we met, there was a conversation, many misunderstandings were cleared. In 1989, the Indian team toured Pakistan. This was the same tour in which Sachin Tendulkar’s international career started. After this, the 1992 Babri Masjid controversy and the 1993 serial blasts in Mumbai again soured the relationship. In 1997, the Indian team went to Pakistan, but only to play the ODI series. In 1999, Atal Bihari Vajpayee went to Lahore, met Nawaz Sharif. Despite all the protests in 1999 itself, the Pakistan team came on a tour of India after about 12 years. In 2003, a ceasefire was announced on the Line of Control. After this, efforts to improve the relationship started again. Finally, in 2004, the Indian team’s tour of Pakistan got the green signal from the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of External Affairs.

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Pakistan team also came to India

next year after 2004 Pakistan The team came to India. The team was warmly welcomed. Pervez Musharraf also came to encourage his players at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi. This trend continued in 2006 as well. The Indian team went on a tour of Pakistan in 2006. Then there was a terrorist attack in Mumbai, cricket relations between the two countries were broken. Although India and Pakistan were face to face in Mohali in the semi-finals of the 2011 World Cup, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh along with Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani also came to watch the match. But since then, both the teams play each other in ICC events or at neutral venues in any other tournament.