Test skipper Misbah-ul-Haq and all-rounder Shahid Afridi on Thursday contradicted limited-overs captain Sarfaraz Ahmad's claims that the Indian team was scared of playing versus Pakistan and that was why the Indo-Pak bilateral series was not happening.
The duo said they don't believe that the Virat Kohli side was not prepared or was afraid of playing against Pakistan. "Sarfaraz has his own views but I don't think he said they were scared directly. To me it is simple, everyone knows the reasons for India not playing against Pakistan. It is all political and has nothing to do with cricket," Misbah said.
"I think the Indian team players also would like to play against us but it is politics which is not allowing a bilateral series, It is the Indian government which is not allowing it," he said.
"It is a great loss to cricket that we are not playing against each other like we should. We are achieving nothing by not playing against each other."
"If there is no bilateral cricket being played it is because of the Indian government. I don't think the Indian players do not want to play against us," said Shahid Afridi.