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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 21 October 2018

The Cricket Pod: MS Dhoni's experience is key for India in Asia Cup clash against Pakistan

We speak to former superstars Kapil Dev and Aaqib Javed about their memories playing in the UAE, and what an India-Pakistan clash meant to them

India captain India Rohit Sharma, left, and Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed pose with the winners trophy during a news conference in Dubai on Friday, September 14. The two sides clash in an Asia Cup Group A match in Dubai on Wednesday. AP
India captain India Rohit Sharma, left, and Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed pose with the winners trophy during a news conference in Dubai on Friday, September 14. The two sides clash in an Asia Cup Group A match in Dubai on Wednesday. AP

The eyes of the cricket world will be on Dubai this week as India and Pakistan clash in the Asia Cup on Wednesday. Which side has the edge? Will Pakistan feel more at home in the UAE than India do?

Hosts Chitrabhanu Kadalayil and Paul Radley discuss the India-Pakistan rivalry in depth in this edition of The Cricket Pod. Listen here:

Also in this episode:

  • Kapil Dev and Aaqib Javed share their memories playing in the UAE in the 1980s and 90s, including Javed Miandad's last-ball six and Aaqib's hat-trick. They also give us insight into what made this rivalry so special.
  • We set the scene for Bangladesh's tournament-opening win against Sri Lanka, and the impact of it on the tournament and cricket in Dubai.
  • And Afghanistan look to make an impact when they begin play this week.

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