Asia Cup 2018

Pakistani buys Asia Cup ticket for Indian cricket fan

With fans on both sides of the border excited for the highly anticipated clash between Pakistan and India in Dubai just a few hours away, a Pakistani cricket fan has brought tickets for an Indian fan to attend the match.

According to Khaleej Times, Pakistan cricket fan Bashir also known Chacha Chicago bought flight tickets for Sudhir Gautam, a huge Sachin Tendulkar fan.

Speaking to Bashir said, “It is pure love. You know the money will come and go with Allah’s grace. I told Sudhir you just come here and I will take care of everything.”

Bashir further said, “I am not a rich person but my heart is as big as an ocean. If I help you, Allah will be happy.”

This all transpired after Gautam told Bashir he would not be able to make it to the United Arab Emirates due to financial constraints.

Pakistan faces India in the Asia Cup today at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium at 4:30pm Pakistan Standard Time.

There’s nothing that can be said to downplay this game that’ll convince anyone. A dead rubber, with both sides – in spite of Hong Kong’s best efforts – already through to the next stage? Who cares? It’s Pakistan versus India.

This tournament’s format isn’t one where finishing first has any meaningful advantage, either. Never mind that. These sides are odds-on favourites to meet again on September 28, in the final. So? It is this one game that counts.

When India and Pakistan meet, nothing but the present matters. It is cricket’s most lucrative drawcard, a parochial rivalry meant for global consumption.

Besides, with these two juggernauts having eschewed bilateral ties for reasons that are anything but sporting, who would complain about one more India-Pakistan fixture? The real spice in this tie comes from its standalone appeal. These sides are so closely matched – and so vastly improved of late – it is hard to see where one can overwhelm the other.

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