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Tensions put aside as India, Pakistan ready for ‘marquee’ clash

The Age – Opening batsman Imam-ul-Haq adopted a cautious tone when asked by the Sunday Age and Sun Herald to describe what it meant to play against India but it was clear to decipher his true feelings.


  • Yes, it’s a huge pressure game …
  • The India-Pakistan clash had 500,000 ticket applications.Credit:PAFormer International Cricket Council chief executive Malcolm Speed, who presided over the 2003 and 2007 World Cups, said the rivalry was a “promoter’s dream”.
  • When they play at a cricket World Cup, TV ratings soar and the match sells out in minutesFormer ICC chief executive Malcolm SpeedThe strained relations between the nations – there have been three wars and several near misses since partition in 1947 – reached such a boiling point this month that there were threats that this match was to be boycotted.
  • Pakistan’s Imam-ul-Haq is preparing for a big clash.
  • LoadingBest of rivals: Pakistan v IndiaODI history131 matches: Pakistan 73, India 54, No result: 4At the World Cup1992: (Sydney) India by 43 runs1996: (Bangalore) India by 39 runs1999: (Manchester) India by 47 runs2003: (Centurion) India by 6 wickets2011: (Mohali) India by 29 runs2015: (Adelaide) India by 76 runsJon Pierik is cricket writer for The Age.

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