Thatscricket - News - India is afraid of losing to Pakistan: Akram
Published: Thursday, August 23, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Karachi: India's decision to pull out of the Asian Test Championship was motivated by fear of losing to archrival Pakistan rather than political differences, Pakistani veteran Wasim Akram said on Thursday. "I am deeply disappointed over India's refusal to play Pakistan because I was gearing up for the Test in my hometown. I think they are scared of losing against us," Akram told AFP.[an error occurred while processing this directive]"India's decision has deprived billions of fans some very competitive cricket."New Delhi on Tuesday decided not to participate in the four-nation Asian Test Championship set to begin next week in Pakistan. India was to play Pakistan in Lahore in September in what would have been the first Test match in Pakistan between the two rivals for more than a decade."We toured India in 1999 when we received threats and there were pitch-digging incidents but Pakistan has always been positive about playing India," said Akram, who captained his country on that tour. "I don't know why they are so scared of playing us," he said, adding he was concerned whether he would ever "get another go at India or not".The left-arm express bowler is fighting to get back into the team after he was left out of the squad preparing for the ATC and the home season against New Zealand.India accuses Pakistan of backing "cross-border terrorism" in the disputed Himalayan state of Kashmir. Pakistan denies the allegations. The nuclear rivals have fought three wars, two of them over Kashmir, since "India thinks that by not playing against Pakistan they can solve the Kashmir issue which is absurd", said former Test player Haseeb Ehsan."I think Pakistan should not cry over India's refusal because it was on the cards and at present the Indian team is so low on morale that you cannot rule out that its Board itself asked the government to refuse.Another former Pakistan captain, Intikhab Alam, said India's decision made no sense. "It's a senseless decision because India is playing all other sports with Pakistan, so why not cricket?" he said.