- Finally BCCI has agreed
- Team India ready to play on Pakistan soil!
- Series not played since 2012
IND vs PAK: Cricket teams of India and Pakistan have only competed against each other in ICC tournaments for years. Both these teams have not played any cricket series among themselves since 2012. Due to the new tension on the border, the cricket relations of both the countries also remain sour. But for some time now, the Pakistan Cricket Board has continuously tried to persuade the BCCI for a series between the two countries. However, now it seems that these two countries can once again be seen colliding with each other on the cricket pitch.
Team India will tour Pakistan
The Cricket Board of India (BCCI) indicated ahead of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Mumbai on October 18 that the team might tour Pakistan after a long gap of 15 years. The BCCI has shared with all its state unit representatives the work done during the last one year as well as future plans and schedule of the national team’s tours, including the Asia Cup in Pakistan next year.
There are many tournaments to be held in Pakistan
According to this report, the Indian team will participate in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup (South Africa), ICC Women’s Under-19 T20 World Cup (South Africa), Asia Cup (Pakistan) and ICC Cricket World Cup during the next one year. England, Australia, West Indies and Sri Lanka have toured Pakistan in the last few years. In such a situation, it will be interesting to see whether BCCI gets the approval of the central government to allow the team to travel to Pakistan.
Will keep eyes on the decision of the government
A senior BCCI source said on the condition of anonymity, “Obviously when the time comes, the government will have to take a decision on this. One aspect of this is that the government does not stop playing against Pakistan in global and continental tournaments. In such a situation, there is a possibility that the Indian team will tour Pakistan but it is too early to say anything completely on this matter. By including this in the report, the board has however indicated the same. BCCI secretary Jay Shah is currently the President of the Asian Cricket Council and his decision in the matter will have a huge impact.
The two neighboring countries last played a limited-overs bilateral series in 2012 when Pakistan traveled to India for three T20 Internationals and as many ODIs. India last traveled to Pakistan in 2008 for the 50-over Asia Cup. Bilateral cricket ties came to a standstill due to political tensions between the two countries.