Abu Dhabi - Senior batsman Younis Khan wants India and
Pakistan to set aside their strained relations and resume five-day matches as
both are giants of the game.
"It's my wish to play a Test in Pakistan again, play
against India and against all top teams," Younis told reporters in Abu
Dhabi on Thursday.
"India and Pakistan are two giants of cricket - one
number one and the other number two -- so whatever the situation between the
two nations it must be forgotten and cricket should be played, people want to
watch them play."
There has been no Test cricket between the two nations since
2007. Bilateral cricket ties were severed in the wake of the 2008 Mumbai
attacks, which New Delhi blamed on militants based in Pakistan.
Pakistan did tour India in December 2012-January 2013 for a
short limited over series but that failed to revive full ties, including Tests.
The two countries have come close to war since last month's
attacks on a military base in Indian-administered Kashmir, again blamed on
militants from Pakistan.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) repeatedly
snubbed Pakistan's calls for resumption of ties in the current scenario.
The Pakistan Cricket Board wants BCCI to honour its
commitment of six series between 2015-2023 under a Memorandum of Understanding
signed in 2014, but linked to Indian government's clearance.
Under the MoU Pakistan were due to host a series last year
and were due in India next year but considering the strained relations there
are no signs of immediate cricket between the arch rivals.
Younis said the situation was deplorable.
"Whenever we play India people watch the game with
unmatched interest and the game gets good promotion in the region, it should be
played and played regularly," insisted Younis, part of Pakistan's last
Test tour to India in 2007.
The 38-year-old returns for Pakistan in the second Test
against the West Indies starting in Abu Dhabi on Friday after missing the first
Test - a day-night affair with the pink ball - in Dubai as he was recovering
from dengue fever.
Younis, Pakistan's top run-getter in Tests with 9 456, hopes
he gets to 10 000 runs in the near future.
"I never go after records," said Younis, who
compiled a monumental 218 against England in his last Test at The Oval.
"It's my wish to be in that elite group of 10 000 runs
because there is no Pakistani in that group."
Younis reckons Pakistan's good showing in Tests have
increased support for the five-day format.
"People now talk about us as a Test team and people who
used to stay away from Tests are now coming back," he said.