• Sunday, October 02, 2022

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Bopanna and Qureshi put friendship on hold for cricket

Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi (L) and Rohan Bopanna have been trying to inspire peace between Pakistan and India

By: Sarwar Alam

Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi once famously pleaded for peace between India and Pakistan under the banner “Stop war, start tennis”. However, the childhood friends will be rivals for around eight hours on Sunday (4) when their two nations clash in the one sport which eternally unites and divides their countrymen — cricket. Bopanna, the son of an Indian coffee planter, and Qureshi, whose grandfather was once the All India tennis champion before the 1947 partition, have their eyes trained towards Birmingham when India and Pakistan meet in the Champions Trophy. Qureshi, who will be in England for a tennis…

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