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MS Dhoni Speaks Out on India-Pakistan Bilateral Cricket Series

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: November 27, 2017, 11:09 AM IST
MS Dhoni Speaks Out on India-Pakistan Bilateral Cricket Series

MS Dhoni in Kashmir. (AFP)

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Former India captain MS Dhoni broke his silence on the India-Pakistan bilateral series and said that the decision is not a simple one.

"When it comes to India-Pakistan cricket, it is not just sports, but becomes much bigger than that. It is not a simple decision, but a diplomatic and a political decision," he said.

"So, it is a big decision and I think we should leave it to the government to decide. If the government decides, we will go and play and if they decide against it, we will play some other series," he added.

He said when the Indian cricket team plays, more than the sporting aspect, the economic aspect is also involved.

"It's not just cricket and to say that it's just cricket, would be wrong. It is much more than that and it impacts economy a lot. "It is said that sports should be kept away from politics, but when it comes to cricket and involvement of Indian cricket team-- be it a bilateral series or any big tournament -- it is not just cricket because wherever we go to play, we generate a lot of money and ultimately that money flows into the economy," said Dhoni.

Dhoni, while talking to the press, said that it is important to develop educational infrastructure in Kashmir and stressed that army was doing its best to help develop Kashmir in whatever way it can.

He advised the budding cricketers to use the resources available to the optimum. He added that their focus should be on consistent performances.

He also had visited an army school in Srinagar and interacted with aspiring cricketers in the border town of Uri.

Dhoni told cricketers in Uri to keep their focus on fitness. “I have played badminton, hockey as well as football. I have benefited from it because it increased my fitness. We used to play in a huge ground where seniors also used to play and we used to run till the time they’d finish. That increased our fitness,” he said.
First Published: November 27, 2017, 11:09 AM IST
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