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Indians were reluctant to play Pak in World Cup

Published: Wednesday, June 24, 2009, 17:15 [IST]
 
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'Indians appeared reluctant to play Pak'

Karachi: India was reluctant to play against Pakistan in the world cup and that showed their attitude, alleged Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi.

Even though India did not meet in the world cup matches, they played each other in the warm up match and Afridi alleged Dhoni and his men did not look keen to play Pakistan even though they claimed so.

“I was a bit disappointed. It didn"t appear to me by the attitude of the Indian players that they want to play against us," Afridi told the press in Karachi.

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“On the face, they said they would like to see cricket between the two countries but I think in their hearts they thought otherwise. Their attitude and behaviour while playing against us showed this," Afridi said.

India- Pakistan cricket ties had hit a road block after India cancelled Pakistan tour after the Mumbai terror attacks.

Pakistan and India have froze bilateral cricket ties since the Mumbai terror attacks last November with the Indians cancelling a scheduled Test tour earlier this year.

Afridi said he still believed that cricket could heal relations between the two nations and bring people together.

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“I always say use sports to foster good relations and remove misunderstandings," said Afridi who starred in the tournament both with the bat and ball.

He said Pakistan had proved critics wrong by winning the World Cup when everyone had tipped India and South Africa as favourites.

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“I think our performance is a lesson for other teams. We are world champions and I hope teams will now come to Pakistan."

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