Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik, who has been part of many memorable India-Pakistan cricket matches has said that he doesn’t like describing these clashes as ‘war’. The two arch-rivals are set to play a highly anticipated match on June 16 in Manchester. While a lot of cricket experts often loosely attach ‘war’ to any Indo-Pak tie, the former Pakistan captain advised against any such attempts – in all fields for that matter.
“It’s my own opinion but the word ‘war’ is a very strange word to me. I don’t think it’s good to use that word – definitely not in sports,” Malik told Pakistani journalist Saleem Khaliq.
The word war’ itself is a weird one for me and using it is not a good thing, especially in sports. We are going to treat this Indo-Pak game in @cricketworldcup as just another match,@realshoaibmalik
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Saleem Khaliq (@saleemkhaliq) April 27, 2019
Malik suggested that instead of using ‘war’ if we use ‘love’ on the table it makes everything easier.
“When you deal with ‘love’, then everything becomes a bit easier – whether it’s cricket or any other sports. It unites people together. When people travel across nations and feel the warmth and love they receive, then a lot of illusions wither away.
“It’s just another match and just like the ones against other teams,” said Malik.
Malik has already announced that the 2019 World Cup will be his last ODI tournament. With just over a month remaining in the big-ticket event, Malik said that he would like to pass on his experience and knowledge of his long career to all the youngsters in the team.
In a total of 282 ODIs for Pakistan, Malik has scored 7,481 runs at an average of 35.12 including 9 centuries. He has also notched 2,263 T20 International runs for Pakistan in 111 matches. Being an all-rounder Malik has also churned up 216 international wickets.