Cancellation of Indian tour is a big blow: Wasim Akram

December 20th, 2008 - 4:04 pm ICT by ANI  

Karachi, Dec.20 (ANI): Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram has said that the cancellation of the Indian tour is a big setback.
The series cancellation is a big blow to Pakistan, The News quoted Akram as saying.
It will further lessen the charm of Test cricket, which has been under pressure from the rapid-fire brand of cricket the Twenty20 version, he added.
Akram said that India should have set-up an example by touring Pakistan like they did in 1999.
We toured India in 1999 despite tensions and death threats, he said.
Akram said that he felt the pain of the victims of the Mumbai attacks, and hoped that the situation would improve soon.
Deep inside I feel for the victims of Mumbai and hope such incidents do not take place again, he said, adding, I hope the temperature will go down and cricket will resume because it is very important that India and Pakistan play each other.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), which is already reeling under financial crunch, would lose at least 25 million dollars in television rights and sponsorships over the cancellation of the tour.
Ramiz Raza, another former captain is also of the opinion that the cancellation will have major repercussions.
Pakistan will suffer both financially and cricket-wise, he said.
Ramiz believed that India can not side line cricketing ties with Pakistan for long, as there is a huge fan following for the game in both the countries. (ANI)

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