Cricket Australia expressed keen interest in hosting a future bilateral series between India and Pakistan, despite the current cricketing calendar constraints.

In a recent development, Cricket Australia (CA) has expressed its strong interest in hosting a much-anticipated bilateral series between arch-rivals India and Pakistan. While the two teams have not played any bilateral series since 2012–13, fans are always excited to see them compete.

Nick Hockley, CEO of Cricket Australia, highlighted the immense success of India vs. Pakistan’s T20 World Cup clash in 2022 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, which saw a record-breaking crowd. Further, he elaborated on the impact that the match left on the fans. “I think anyone that was here for the India-Pakistan game at the MCG will go down as one of the most memorable occasions, not just sporting occasions, that I’ve ever been to. So people want to see that contest,” said Hockley, as quoted by ESPNcricinfo.

While acknowledging that the decision ultimately rests with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Hockley expressed his enthusiasm for hosting both teams: “We would love to host that if the opportunity arose. If we can play a role, we’d love to play a role.” 

The potential for such a series gained significant interest from various stakeholders, like the Melbourne Cricket Club and the Victorian government. Although the current cricketing calendar does not allow for a tri-series involving India and Pakistan, Peter Roach, CA’s Head of Scheduling, emphasised their openness to finding solutions. “We haven’t got a tri-series in the FTP. Going forward, we’re always interested in opportunities for matches and contests that will engage our fans. We’ll keep talking to them about any other opportunities that arise, but in this specific example, there are not going to be any changes to the schedule,” Roach concluded.

Last Updated on March 27, 2024