LAHORE (ANI) - Pakistan cricket team head coach Waqar Younis called for the resumption of Indo-Pak cricket ties and claimed that a contest between the archrivals is more significant than the Ashes. "The most important thing for Pakistan is the revival of our contests with India, which is also beneficial for the entire cricketing world. The rivalry (between Pakistan and India) is more important than the Ashes," Waqar said. Pakistan, considered underdogs before the start of the 2011 World Cup, made it to the last four stage of the tournament before their campaign ended in a 29-run defeat at the hands of India in the semi-final clash at Mohali. "Though Pakistan reached the World Cup semi-final, we have not been playing international matches at home since March 2009, which is worrying for us. And therefore, a bilateral series against India can revive international cricket in Pakistan," added Waqar. Referring to Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani's March 30 visit to India to watch the high voltage Indo-Pak encounter on the invitation of his Indian counterpart Dr Manmohan Singh, Waqar said that cricket had yet again worked as a bridge, bringing both countries closer during the World Cup. "The prime ministers of the two countries met each other due to the Mohali semi-final," he said, adding, "More such activities between India and Pakistan can bring their people further closer to each other." Waqar also noted that the Pakistan team getting welcomed on arriving home, despite losing the WC semi-final match to India, was a new tradition. "The cricket fans accorded us warm welcome because the team played good cricket in the WC semis," he concluded.