Former India cricketer, Sandeep Patil has said that cricket can continue between India and Pakistan but it cannot continue on the cost of brave soldiers. Patil said that like every Indian he will be elated if the relations between India and Pakistan return to normalcy soon but he also mentioned that in the end the decision lies with both the governments.

Still friends with Pakistani cricketers: Sandeep Patil

Sandeep Patil rekindled his memories of featuring in India Pakistan games in a column he wrote for an online publication. He noted that he toured Pakistan twice- 1982 and 1984.

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During the 1982 tour he said they were in Pakistan for 85 days and not once did he feel that he was in a different country. He stated that the people of Pakistan welcomed the Indian team and although they lost badly in that series, they went home with fond memories.

Patil also pointed out that years have passed but his friendship with all the Pakistani players have remained the same.

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Patil questions Kohli’s absence in Asia Cup

At the same time the former Indian cricketer has questioned the decision to rest Kohli for such an important tournament.

Patil gave the example of Kapil Dev and said that he did bowling, batting and fielding for India for more than 15 years non-stop and he reminded everyone of Kapil’s answer in which the all-rounder had said that  when it comes to playing for the country one should not think of taking rest.

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Patil also noted that lately, after the introduction of T-20 cricket, many of our own players have been seen opting out of national duty to make themselves available and fit for the cash-rich IPL.

The men in blue and Pakistan are set to face other for the second time in the Asia Cup on September 23 in the Super Four stage.