‘India-Pakistan series will happen very soon’

Former Pakistan cricketer Mohsin Khan feels Imran Khan, his team-mate who is on the verge of becoming the Prime Minister of Pakistan, will be looking to mend relations with India.

Having played under ‘kaaptan’ Imran for years, Mohsin believes his former team-mate will make it a point to bring about a change in each and every sporting discipline.   -  AP

 

They have been best of friends for decades, and as Imran Khan gets ready to take over as Pakistan’s next Prime Minister, Mohsin Khan believes that the former Pakistan cricket captain will ensure that the country’s sporting scene improves.

Having played under ‘kaaptan’ Imran for years, Mohsin believes that Imran will make it a point to bring about a change in each and every sporting discipline. “He is not someone who will only go after cricket. He is going to make sure all other sports do well,” Mohsin told Sportstar on Thursday.

Having featured in 48 Tests and 75 ODIs for Pakistan, Mohsin knows how important cricket is for local fans, but then, he is confident that his old friend and former team-mate will not corner other sports. “About 15-20 years back, Pakistan was doing well in cricket, badminton, squash, table tennis, boxing and athletics. Now, he is going to concentrate on overall development of sport,” Mohsin said.

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Ever since Imran contested the elections, most of his former team-mates have backed him, and Mohsin feels Imran’s major aim would be to improve relations with India. And, he is even hopeful of India playing Pakistan soon. “India-Pakistan series will happen very soon. Mutual respect for each other is important. Imran will make sure that Pakistan respects other countries and we get it back in return,” the 63-year-old said.

“Our policies with India haven’t been good in the past. The only way relationships can improve is when you have mutual respect for each other. I am sure he will go with the (new) policies. And knowing him, he would go by the fact that you give me respect and I will give you respect,” Mohsin said.

“Policies have misguided the people of both countries and the message would be we want to live happily. We want to be together in happiness and sorrow. This will happen in every policies, be it sports or education,” he added.

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Even as there are allegations of rigging the polls, Mohsin makes it clear that ‘the people of Pakistan have elected him as the Prime Minister as he is someone who believes in merit.’

“He is a man who believes in sincerity and honesty. It is a wonderful choice for Pakistan. He is going to have a very good relationship with the world. There will be mutual respect,” he said, hoping that his yaar will be able to scale new heights in his new role.

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