NEW DELHI: India and Pakistan may play a brief T20 bilateral cricket series this 12 months, Pakistani media reported on Wednesday. This comes on the heels of unilateral ceasefire by each international locations alongside the Line of Control (LoC) final month.
If this series takes place, it might be the first bilateral alternate between the two international locations in over eight years. The final bilateral series was performed in 2012-13, when the Pakistani staff visited India for a brief ODI and T20 series.
A report in Pakistani Jang newspaper on Wednesday quoted a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official as saying that their cricket board had been requested to “be ready” for a series with India, although nobody from India has made any dedication on the series.
“A PCB official said that while there has been no direct discussion with anyone from India, indications are there and we have been told to be ready for such a series,” stated the report in the Urdu newspaper.
Interestingly, India skipper Virat Kohli throughout the latest T20I series towards England had stated that he has been informed by the Indian cricket board that there have been going to be a number of extra T20 series this 12 months.
However, the Indian and Pakistani boards have stated they don’t have any data of any improvement on the resumption of the bilateral cricket.
A high Indian cricket official on Wednesday informed IANS, “No, we have no information on India playing a series with Pakistan.”
Pakistan’s Geo TV quoted PCB chairman Ehsan Mani as saying that they haven’t been contacted by anybody for a doable India-Pakistan series and neither has he been half of any dialogue together with his Indian counterpart on the situation.
A supply in Pakistan informed IANS that the series may very well be held earlier than the T20 World Cup that’s scheduled to be held in India in October-November. If it occurs, a window should be created for it, he stated.
The worldwide cricket schedule is certainly tight. Indian gamers will get busy with the Indian Premier League, which begins on April 9 and ends on May 30. They then journey to England for the World Test Championship (WTC) remaining towards New Zealand, beginning June 18 at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. However, the Indian staff should attain there a lot in advance to bear quarantine.
India may have over a month free after the WTC remaining. So, July may very well be a doable window for the India-Pakistan bilateral series.
India then play a five-Test series towards England in England, beginning on August 4. The staff returns after the fifth Test ends on September 14.
Again, the Indian staff may have a month free earlier than the T20 World Cup, and this may very well be one other window in which the India-Pakistan series could be slotted.
Just about two years in the past, round the time of the Pulwama terror assault in early 2019, the sporting relations between the two international locations additionally grew to become chilly, a lot in order that India declined visas to 2 Pakistani shooters who had been to compete at the New Delhi World Cup, which began only a few days after the assault in Kashmir. The Delhi World Cup was staged from February 20-28, after the Pulwama terror assault on February 14.
However, the thaw in the relationship of the two neighbouring international locations has been seen in sports activities in latest instances.
The grant of visa to the Pakistani skeet shooter Usman Chand for the ongoing taking pictures World Cup in New Delhi and the not too long ago go to of a Pakistani equestrian staff may very well be half of the thaw, emanating from final month’s ceasefire alongside the LoC.