Former India captain MS Dhoni believes that the decision to play Pakistan in cricket should be left to the government.

“An India-Pakistan cricket series is much more than just sport. It’s not a simple decision. It’s a diplomatic as well as political decision. It’s best left to the government to take a call,” he expressed his views on Sunday as the chief guest at the final of an Indian Army sponsored cricket tournament at Kunzer in the north of Indian occupied Kashmir. Dhoni is an honorary Lt Col in the army.

MS Dhoni visits a cricket match in Kunzer, 35 kms from Srinagar, during an Indian Army initiative.

Hundreds of people had gathered to get a glimpse of the star cricketer.

“Cricket fever reaches its crescendo in Kashmir Valley as Dhoni makes his presence as chief guest in the match between North and South Kashmir at Kunzer,” the official Twitter account of the occupant army wrote.

Dhoni advised the young cricketers to utilize the resources available to the optimum. He added that their focus should be on consistent performances.

Dhoni had visited an army school in Srinagar and interacted with budding cricketers in the border town of Uri.

Dhoni told cricketers in Uri to keep their focus on fitness. “I have played badminton, hockey as well as football. I have benefited from it because it increased my fitness. We used to play on a huge ground where seniors also used to play and we used to run until the time they’d finish. That increased our fitness,” he said.

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