India vs Pakistan Test Series proposed by the ECB. Check Complete Details
Updated on: Sep 27, 2022 9:13 pm IST
The England Cricket Board has made an offer to the Pakistan Cricket Board to host a Test Series between India and Pakistan in the future on English soil. ECB’s deputy chairman Martin Darlow held a meeting with Pakistan Cricket Board’s officials today. England is touring Pakistan at the moment for a 7-match T20I series. It was there where the discussions took place. India and Pakistan last played Test Cricket together 15 years ago and it will a huge spectacle for the fans if ECB manages to make it happen again.
India vs Pakistan: England to host the historic Test series
England Cricket Board is in discussion with the PCB to make the historic India vs Pakistan series a reality. As per reports, ECB is planning on conducting a 3-match Test series. This could financially turn out to be a win-win situation for PCB and ECB if it happens. Even though India and Pakistan haven’t played any bilaterals for so long, they have faced each other multiple times in the last couple of years in the ICC and ACC multi-nation events.
These two cricket-crazy neighbouring nations are not playing against each other due to the political tensions between both countries. These tensions has also forced the BCCI to propose a ban on Pakistani players in the IPL as well. Recently the Indian-owned franchises in SA20 also rejected to take in Pakistani players in their team owing to not hurt the sentiments of their Indian fan base.
ECB puts PCB in a dilemma
This offer by ECB for sure has put PCB in some serious dilemma. Even though this Test series against India would help Pakistan Board financially, other factors such as the political tensions between the countries and the fact that the IPL ban on Pakistan players still exists may force PCB to not play against India.
On the other hand, Pakistan is now at a stage where they are inviting other nations to play at their home turf. Terrorism and other security-related factors had prevented other nations from touring Pakistan. Now slowly those concerns are being addressed and teams are being ready to tour Pakistan. At such a stage, if Pakistan rejects this offer from ECB, that could only send a wrong message about them to the other nations. It will be interesting to see how these discussions pan out in the coming days.
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