LAHORE: Pakistan cricket team captain (T20I) Sarfraz Ahmed thinks India seem afraid to face off against Pakistan on the cricket pitch, which is why they don’t play against his team. “Perhaps India are afraid of facing Pakistan which is why they don’t play against us,” Indian media quoted the T20 and ODI skipper as saying, after reports emerged of possibility of a Pakistan-India series later this year. Sarfraz said he has always enjoyed playing against archrivals India and pointed out that Pakistan have always taken the initiative to play matches against India. “India should respond positively to Pakistan’s efforts [to make the series happen],” the captain said. On Kamran Akmal’s return to the national side, Sarfraz said he and the former wicketkeeper are not rivals. Prior to the start of the Pakistan tour to West Indies, Sarfraz had lauded Kamran Akmal’s performance in PSL 2017 and other domestic tournaments. Reports surfaced earlier that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has written a letter to the Home Ministry seeking permission to play Pakistan at the neutral venue of Dubai later this year. BCCI has proposed a series consisting of three Tests, five ODIs and two T20Is between the two teams in November this year, before the Indian tour of South Africa, according to reports.