Representational Image/ Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP
Representational Image/ Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP

India-Pakistan World Cup rivalries are worth watching. Although the two cricketing nations don’t play alongside each other due to strained relations, the two still play against each other in ICC events. In the 90s, there was a long-gap as bi-lateral matches were stopped between the two nations. In 1996, both the countries shared the responsibility of co-hosting the World Cup alongside Sri Lanka. During that time, Sri Lanka was one of the most disturbed countries as militants were quite powerful there. Australia and New Zealand expressed their concerned over playing in the Island nation, while Zimbabwe and Kenya were okay.

It is then that Sri Lanka requested for help from India and Pakistan. And to its good fortunes, both the countries sent a combined team to a match against Sri Lankan team, showing the world that there’s no security threat.

The decision meant that Sachin Tendulkar, Saeed Anwar, Mohammad Azharuddin, Anil Kumble and Wasim Akram would play for the same team. The final XI for the match against Sri Lanka had Mohammad Azharuddin (C), Sachin Tendulkar, Saeed Anwar, Aamir Sohail, Ijaz Ahmed, Ajay Jadeja, Rashid Latif, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Anil Kumble and Ashish Kapoor while Sri Lanka was led by Arjuna Ranatunga.