M S Dhoni (C) poses with army officers during his two day visit to the India-Pakistan Line of Control at Bhimbher Gali forward post about 200 km from Jammu, the winter capital of Kashmir on June 2.

Jammu, Jun 2:  Advocating for India-Pakistan bilateral cricket ties, Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni today said cricket has no borders.

“Cricket can further strengthen Indo-Pak relations and the sport sees no borders,” Dhoni told reporters along the LoC in Bhimber Gali area of Poonch district.

Dhoni had visited forward areas along the Line of Control to interact with jawans in twin Rajouri and Poonch districts.

“Cricket can cement relations but the final decision has to be taken by the cricket boards of both the countries. I have to go out there and play. So we will wait and see,” the Skipper added.

“It is important to make a start because sports is something that breaks barriers,” he said.

Dhoni further said he is happy after visiting the forward areas and interacting with jawans.

“I am here among jawans only due to cricket and once I will be free from my cricketing career, I would love to serve the country as an army man,” he said.

“I don’t want my cricket to suffer because that is something I am good at. Once my cricket career is over, I would definitely like to serve in the Army,” Dhoni added.

On being asked whether he would go to the frontline with the jawans, t he 30-yr-old said, “I will try to go to the frontline. It is very exciting because I will get to see the challenges the officers face.” While lauding the Army for guarding the borders in every situation, the Indian skipper said, “I knew the Army from a distance. Now I am getting toknow the Army from close quarters. This is the first time I have come to a forward post.” Dhoni, who was inducted as an honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the elite Parachute Regiment last year, is in Poonch to visit the forward area of the Line of Control (LoC) inJammuregion and also take a trip to the base camp of Siachen, the World’s highest battlefield.

The cricketer would leave forSrinagaron tour of 15 Corps. From there Dhoni will head for the 14 Corps area in Leh and also the Siachen base camp.

Dhoni will also visit north Kashmir’s Baramulla district tomorrow to witness the final of the first phase of Kashmir Premier League (KPL) at the Shaukat Ali Stadium. (UNI)



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