South Africa legend AB de Villiers wants India to clash with Pakistan in the final of the ICC T20 World at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

India and Pakistan have not played bilateral matches for almost 10 years due to political tensions between the two countries. While Pakistan Cricket Board has shown interest in resuming the ties, the BCCI has refused as they need approval from the government. Pakistan came to India in 2012-13 for three ODIs, and ever since, the two nations only faced other in ICC events and Asia Cup.

Former PCB chief Ehsan Mani, who Ramiz Raja replaced as the chairman of the PCB, has said that he never ran after the BCCI for the bilateral games. Mani mentioned that he was firm that the first step needed to be taken by India.

“I always made it clear that they will come and play Pakistan if they want to play. We have our integrity and honour. Why should we run behind India? We shouldn’t. We will only be ready to play against them when they are ready,” Mani told Cricket Pakistan.

Raja, the current PCB chairman, had floated the idea of a four-nation T20 tournament featuring India and Pakistan, Australia and England, but the ICC turned it down.

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