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Fans pray for ‘peace’ ahead of India-Pakistan clash

by Faisal Kamal

Dubai – Fans of India and Pakistan referred to as for “peace” and extra cricket between the 2 Asian giants ahead of the blockbuster clash on the T20 World Cup on Sunday.

The arch rivals will lock horns in Dubai in a single of the most important video games of the match with an anticipated tv viewers of as much as one billion individuals.

But matches between the 2 cricket-crazy nations are few and much between with India slicing bilateral ties with its neighbours since 2007.

“We should play each other more often. It is such a treat to see these two teams on the cricket field,” Mohammad Ashraf, a Pakistan nationwide working within the United Arab Emirates, instructed AFP.

“Virat Kohli versus Hasan Ali, what a contest! Politicians should not spoil all this for their own gains. Let them play cricket. I pray for peace between the two nations.”

There have been protests in India with calls to boycott the match within the wake of latest killings of 11 migrant employees and minority Hindus and Sikhs in Indian-administered Kashmir.

There was a quick thaw in rivalry when Pakistan toured India for 5 limited-over matches in 2012-13 however since then have solely met in multi-nation tournaments.

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They final performed at Manchester through the 50-over World Cup in 2019 and India was additionally urged to boycott that sport.

“I brought a ticket for the game as soon as it went online. I mean you look forward to these contests, especially when you are far away from home,” Pankhuri Raj Mehta, an Indian who works in Abu Dhabi since 2017, instructed AFP.

“I know there has always been trouble with Pakistan. But that’s for the politicians to sort out. I will enjoy the game with my husband.”

Tickets for the competition have been bought out simply hours after they went on-line and lots of personal on-line channels are providing resale of the entry passes at ridiculous costs.

But the worldwide Cricket Council (ICC) mentioned the resold tickets could be invalid.

The pleasure is palpable in Dubai however some see this as inappropriate resulting from tensions between the nations.

“I find this exercise pointless. People are being killed in the border area and we are playing cricket,” Raghuveer Singh, an Indian who’s visiting Dubai for Expo 2020, instructed AFP.

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“First stop the bloodshed and then play as much as you want.”

The two international locations have fought two wars over Kashmir – divided between the 2 nations – since their independence in 1947.

Virat Kohli’s India come into the competition with an unbeaten 5-0 report within the match.

Pakistan skipper Babar Azam mentioned “records are meant to be broken” and the followers echo their captain’s sentiments.

“We will win inshallah (God willing). See it’s a new day,” mentioned Hasan Sheikh, a Peshawar-born who drives a taxi in Dubai.

“We have a good team with Babar as the captain and our bowling is great. Shaheen Shah Afridi and Hasan Ali will hurt India.”

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