Pakistan speedster Mohammad Amir feels that politics should be kept aside when it comes to cricket, emphasizing that Indian players should be allowed to take part in the Pakistan Super League. India and Pakistan haven’t faced each other in a bilateral series since 2013.
Due to the political tensions between both the countries, Pakistani players are also banned from participating in the Indian Premier League.
In an interview with Cricket Pakistan, when Amir was asked if he would like to bowl against Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli in the PSL, the 28-year-old bowler replied, “We have always said, as players, that cricket, or any other sport, and politics should be kept separate. I love challenges like bowling to top-notch batsmen and it would have been great to bowl to them.”
“Be it the IPL or PSL, it would be beneficial for players, from Pakistan and India, playing in these competitions in terms of exposure and quality of cricket,” he added.
The BCCI had allowed some of the Pakistani cricketers to take part in the inaugural edition of IPL in 2008. Eleven players, including the likes of Shoaib Akhtar, Shahid Afridi, and Misbah-ul-Haq, featured in the world-renowned T20 competition. However, Amir has never got an opportunity to showcase his bowling magic in the cash-rich league.
Mohammad Amir has played 36 Tests, 61 ODIs, and 50 T20 International for Pakistan so far, scalping 119, 81, 59 wickets respectively.