Kolkata, Dec 14: Former India cricketer Arun Lal said an India-Pakistan bilateral series can help strengthening the ties between the two countries. “Politics should not come in the way of sports, I welcome any bilateral series with any country,” he told reporters here. “I am a sports lover and I would love to see a series with Pakistan. Also Read - Mohammed Kaif Relives India vs Pakistan 2003 WC Match With Son During COVID-19 Lockdown | WATCH VIDEO

“You can improve the relation only if there is sports and people to people contact,” he said. Lal looked optimistic about the India-Pakistan series happening in the near future even though there has been no positive response from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) yet. Also Read - COVID-19 Impact: Unemployment Rate In India Rises To 23.4% Amid Lockdown, Shows CMIE Data

“Even if it does not happen now, it will happen sometime very soon, in the future,” he said. Lal had scored 729 runs from 16 Test matches for India. Also Read - 'If PM Modi Doesn't Allow...': Trump Warns India of 'Retaliation' if US Order of Hydroxychloroquine Not Released