Misbah elated at India opening
16 September, 2013
KARACHI: Pakistan captain Misbahul Haq said Sunday he hoped India's decision to allow local team Faisalabad Wolves to play on Indian soil will open up more cricket opportunities between the two nations.
Misbah will lead Pakistan's domestic Twenty20 champions Faisalabad in the qualifying rounds of the Champions League starting in the Indian town of Mohali on Tuesday after New Delhi cleared the tour.
India had stalled all bilateral cricket with Pakistan in the wake of 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai and – with the exception of a short tour by Pakistan late last year – there have been no signs of full series revival amid heightened tensions between the two countries. But Misbah said matches between the two cricket-obsessed nations should not be halted by politics. "I feel cricket must go on," Misbah was quoted as saying from Harare, Zimbabwe. "Giving a Pakistan team clearance is a positive sign and I hope this will help open more doors for Indo-Pak cricket." Despite the tensions between India and Pakistan, Misbah said people on both sides of the border enjoy cricket.