Afridi – India series bigger than Ashes

July 29, 2012 at 9:52 pm Leave a comment

Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi believes his country’s upcoming series against India is even bigger than the Ashes due to the rivalry between the two nations.

It was recently announced that the countries, who have regularly clashed politically since they split in 1947, will face each other in three one-day internationals and two twenty20s to be played in December and January.

Once again, it will be an away fixture for Pakistan due to their homeland still being deemed too dangerous to host touring sides.

Misbah-ul-Haq’s men, who have defied cricket betting tips on a number of occasions, haven’t played a home series since 2009 following a terrorist attack against the Sri Lankan team which saw two civilians and six policemen killed in Lahore.

This has meant that they have been forced to play all of their ‘home’ series over the last three years on foreign soil, with the majority being staged in the United Arab Emirates but this time around their opponents have refused to play at a neutral venue so the matches have been switched back to India.

This has added even more fuel to the fire and Afridi, who still strikes fear into the hearts of the Australia betting community, believes the latest developments will only spur his side on to beat their fierce rivals.

The all-rounder is seen as an icon in his homeland and believes that the passion for cricket in the two countries is so strong that the series between these two great adversaries is even more important than the Ashes.

“The series between Pakistan and India is more popular than the Ashes series between Australia and England,” he said. “The matches between Pakistan and India are widely followed and people throughout the world are greatly interested in their matches.

“The pressure is great when we play against India but it is also more thrilling,” he added.


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