Pakistani all-rounder Shoaib Malik believes that world cricket needs bilateral series between India and Pakistan to resume as soon as possible. The two Asian countries have not played a series against each other since 2013 due to the political tensions between the nations, and only play each other in either Asia Cup or ICC events.

“I think the world badly needs this rivalry to resume, in the same way that world cricket needs the Ashes,” Malik told PakPassion.net in an interview.

“Could England and Australia imagine Test cricket without an Ashes series? Both series are played with the same kind of passion and have such a great history, so it is a shame that we don’t play right now.

“Also, I have Pakistani friends who love to talk about Indian cricketers with respect and admiration. Similarly, I and my Pakistan team-mates are given such love and support when we play in India so it is a rivalry that I would like to see return as soon as it is possible,” the 38-year old former captain added.

Malik made his debut in 1999 and has retired from the ODI and Test format. He is currently only playing the T20Is, and hopes to turn out in the T20 World Cup that is expected to be held in Australia later this year. He, however, has no plans to retire from the format, but stated that once he calls it quits, he would want to join the media.

“At the moment I am as fit as I have ever been, I’m still very hungry to play cricket and have a few more goals that I would like to achieve before retiring. But when my cricket days do come to an end I would like to work in the media. Maybe have my own show and also do some commentary or studio work.”

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