Islamabad - Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq says he
would like to be able to lead his side against India before his playing days
are done, and that politics and sport should not mix.
The sides have not played a bilateral series against each
other since 2007, so Misbah has not captained a Test against them.
Indo-Pakistan political tensions have kept the teams from facing up.
But Misbah, who has led the side to the top of the Test
rankings, feels sport should be separate from politics, and feels that the
Indian government is the reason his side cannot face Virat Kohli's.
The skipper said: "As a player I would like to play
"I would want to captain our side against them. But
unless politics is kept away from cricket than there can’t be a resumption of
"But if the Indians don’t want to play then you can’t
do anything about it."
Misbah was also asked about Shahid Afridi's refusal to
retire from the team, despite not being picked for recent series, and he said:
"Senior players saying goodbye to cricket in a good manner sends a good