The UK newspaper reported that ECB offered Pakistan and India to host a three-match Test series at England’s grounds ￼
England and Wales Cricket Board has casually proposed to be the hosts if India and Pakistan are ready to play a bilateral Test series but BCCI sources expressed the possibility of that event in not so distant future is “next to nil”.
England and Wales Cricket Board has casually proposed to be the hosts if India and Pakistan are ready to play a bilateral Test series but BCCI sources expressed the possibility of that event in not-so-distant future is “next to nil”.
The UK daily ‘Telegraph’ reported that
“Martin Darlow, the deputy chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board, has held talks with the Pakistan Cricket Board during the current Twenty20 series and offered England’s grounds as venues for ideally a three-match Test series in future.”
However, the ECB has proposed its business gains; the people pulling the strings in the BCCI dismissed the ideas and said that no such possibilities might arise at least in the next few years.
“Firstly, ECB spoke to PCB about an Indo-Pak series and that’s a bit weird. In any case, a series against Pakistan is not something that the BCCI will decide but it is the decision of the government. As of now, the stance remains the same. We only play Pakistan at multi-team events,”a senior BCCI official privy to India’s position told PTI on Tuesday.
India and Pakistan last played a white-ball series back in 2012 in India and the last Test series dates back to 2007.
The newspaper states precisely the reason why the ECB made the “generous offer”.
“The matches would attract big crowds in the UK, which has a large ex-pat south Asian population,”it said.
“The matches attract huge sponsorship revenue and television audiences.”However, the paper made it clear that even
“PCB is not keen on playing India at a neutral venue but are grateful for the ECB’s offer, which shows the growing relationship between the two boards.”
It stated that with the big nations again starting to tour Pakistan, it will be a “retrograde step in their eyes” if they happen to play in a neutral venue.
Pakistan and India will play against each other in the upcoming T20 World Cup on October 23, in Australia.
India Squad for T20 World Cup 2022: Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh. Standby Players: Mohammad Shami, Shreyas Iyer, Ravi Bishnoi, Deepak Chahar.
Pakistan Squad for T20 World Cup: Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, Usman Qadir. Standby Players: Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Haris, Shahnawaz Dahani.