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Champions Trophy 2017 India v Pakistan the biggest match in sport

Pakistan captain Sarfaz Ahmed (L) and his Indian counterpart Virat Kholi (R)
Pakistan captain Sarfaz Ahmed (left) and Indian counterpart Virat Kholi face a big occasion on Sunday

"It's not just a game of cricket, it's a lot more than that."

Those are the words of former Pakistan captain Asif Iqbal before arguably the biggest match in sport this year.

On Sunday, Edgbaston will host India v Pakistan in the Champions Trophy group stage.

If previous contests are to go by, more than a billion fans from all over the world, both Pakistan and Indian natives and those with heritage from those countries, will turn their attention to the West Midlands.

Their last 50-over meeting was in the 2015 World Cup in Australia, when India ran out comfortable winners.

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All-rounder Asif Iqbal represented Pakistan in 58 Tests and 10 ODI's between 1964 and 1980

Former all-rounder Iqbal was born in Hyderabad in India before emigrating to, and subsequently representing, Pakistan.

The 73-year-old told BBC Sport this is undoubtedly the biggest cricketing rivalry in the world, saying: "It's similar to the Ashes [between England and Australia], but to me it's more than that because of the history, the background, the politics."

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