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'India-Pakistan should forget everything and play cricket'

Last updated on: October 21, 2016 11:41 IST

So whatever the situation between the two nations it must be forgotten and cricket should be played: Younis

IMAGE: Pakistan's Younis Khan. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images.

After former India captain Sourav Ganguly and senior batsman Gautam Gambhir called for freezing ties with the arch-rivals Pakistan till the time cross-border terrorism does not end, veteran Pakistan batsman Younis Khan on Friday made it clear that he wants to play cricket with India.

The 38-year old cricketer wants India and Pakistan to resolve their disputes and resume playing cricket for the love of their fans. Younis also said that he wants cricket to return to Pakistan with the blanket ban on his nation's hosting rights lifted.

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"It's my wish to play a Test in Pakistan again, play against India and against all top teams," Younis told reporters in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.

"India and Pakistan are two giants of cricket -- one number one and the other number two -- so whatever the situation between the two nations it must be forgotten and cricket should be played, people want to watch them play."

"Whenever we play India people watch the game with unmatched interest and the game gets good promotion in the region, it should be played and played regularly," insisted Younis, part of Pakistan's last Test tour to India in 2007.

The Board of Cricket Control in India president Anurag Thakur had recently lashed out at Pakistan in the wake of Uri attacks saying that 'cricket and terror cannot go hand in hand'.

There has been no Test cricket between the two nations since 2007. 

India had snapped bilateral cricket ties with Pakistan after New Delhi had accused militants based in Pakistan for masterminding the 2008 Mumbai attacks.