ISLAMABAD - Asian Bradman Zaheer Abbas said if he got a chance to meet the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), he would ask them about the restoration of Pakistan-India cricketing ties in the region.

"This is a popular sport and a great art in sub-continent. People here are crazy about it and the clash between the two cricketing giants will raise the standard of the game as well," he added.

Zaheer said Sri Lanka and Bangladesh played a full series against one another earlier this year through which quality cricketers emerged. "It was once the case that Pakistan was a better team in all respects but India has overtaken us and produced some of the best batsmen in the world," he said.

He said he was a great proponent of the resumption of bilateral cricketing ties between the two nations and was also keen to convey this message to the BCCI. Zaheer has featured in some memorable encounters against India, and had in pocket a phenomenal Test average of 87.0 with six centuries and three half centuries.

Praising the retirement of the 40-year-old Sachin Tendulkar after his 200th Test match appearance, Zaheer said: “It was almost like yesterday that I watched him making his Test debut in 1989 at the National Stadium Karachi. In our days, cricket was played less but in Sachin's time, there was relentless pressure to perform and the way he has carried on batting throughout his career is phenomenal."