Do you know there were some Pakistan cricketers who had played for India? To know who they are, read the article below.
One of the most heated sporting rivalries in the world is the one between India and Pakistan. The harsh relations between the two nations, which were a result of sour political relations and war that started during the Partition of British India into India and Pakistan in 1947, the Indo-Pakistani Wars, and the Kashmir conflict, created the groundwork for the formation of a strong competitive rivalry between the two nations, who had shared a common cricketing legacy.
Players on both teams frequently experience immense pressure to succeed and strong emotions to failure. Extreme fan reactions to losses in significant games have been observed, with just a small amount of mob violence. In addition, by allowing heads of state to exchange visits and cricket fans from one country to go to the other to witness the matches, India-Pakistan matches have provided possibilities for cricket diplomacy as a way to strengthen relations between the two nations.
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Do you know that there were few Pakistani cricketers who had played for India? Here are their names:
One of the first well-known figures in Pakistan cricket was Gul Mohammad. His family moved to Pakistan after he made his debut in 1946 and after playing 8 Test matches for India. In 1956, against Australia, Mohammed made his Pakistani debut on the international stage. Overall, he participated in just nine Test games.
Abdul Hafeez Kardar
Born in Lahore, Hafeez Kardar played three Test matches for India before returning to Pakistan. The southpaw was Pakistan’s first captain, taking the helm in 1952. He played 26 tests and amassed 927 runs. He also claimed 21 Test wickets and five half-centuries during this time. Kardar played in the final match against West Indies in 1958.
Amir Elahi made his international debut for India in 1947. He was born on September 1st, 1908 in Lahore. After that, he relocated to Pakistan, where he participated in five Test matches, recording a total of 82 runs and 7 wickets. At the age of 44, he played his final Test on December 12, 1952, against India. In 1950, he became a Pakistani citizen.
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