On Wednesday, England’s ICC Champion Trophy hopes were ended by 8-wicket semifinal thrashing at the hands of Pakistan in Cardiff (UK).
On Thursday, Kashmiris living under Indian occupation have been stopped from attending Friday prayers and their shops looted by Hindutva fascists for celebrating Pakistan’s Champions Trophy win against England a day earlier (watch video below).
India, the title-holder which beat Bangladesh by 9-wicket will face Pakistan in the final on Sunday at the Oval in London.
Sunday’s match at the Oval in London will be just the second time the Asian cricket giants have met in the final of a major International Cricket Council (ICC tournament. Their tussles are the most-watched in cricket and among the highest audiences for all world sports. And they have not played a Test match since 2007 or a bilateral series since 2012-13 due to India’s refusal to play against Pakistan for political reasons.
On May 29, India’s sports minister Vijay Goel ruled out a bilateral cricket series between India and Pakistan. Speaking to reporters in New Delhi the minister said “cricket and terrorism can’t go hand-in-hand.”
India beat Pakistan by a mere five runs in the 2007 World Twenty20 final in Johannesburg, a victory that led to the creation of the lucrative Indian Premier League. They have however never contested a global 50-over decider.
Pakistan won ICC World Cricket Cup in 1992 by beating England. India has won the title twice, in 2011 by beating Sri Lanka and in 1983 by beating West Indies.