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Cricket Australia CEO wants to host India-Pakistan bilateral series | Cricket News

Cricket Australia (CA) has expressed its desire to host a bilateral series between India and Pakistan if the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) agree to host one in the future for the first time bilateral competition to meet in 12 years. The Indian and Pakistani cricket teams will visit Australia for their respective series in November. On the one hand, India will travel to play a five-match Test series starting November 22 in Perth and on the other hand, the Pakistan team will play a three-match ODI and T20I series against the Men in Yellow.

India and Australia last played a bilateral series in 2012-13 and since then both teams have been locked in a duel at either the Asia Cup or the ICC events.

After the mega success of the 2022 T20 World Cup match between India and Pakistan at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), where 90,293 fans witnessed a last-ball thriller in which Virat Kohli played a legendary knock of 82*, CA, the Melbourne Cricket Club (MCG operator) and the Victorian Government have now expressed interest in two teams at the MCG, which could be a big step for them financially.

Cricket Australia (CA) CEO Nick Hockley said that if given the opportunity, they would like to host the bilateral series between India and Pakistan at the iconic MCG.

“I think everyone who was at the MCG for the India-Pakistan match will remember it as one of the most memorable events, not just a sporting event, that I have ever been to. So people want to see this competition. “We would love to host that if the opportunity arises. If we can play a role, we would like to play a role,” Hockley said, according to ESPNcricinfo.

“We are very happy to host Pakistan. We are very happy to host India. If we can help, that’s great. But I think in many ways this is a bilateral series. It’s really up to others to make this happen,” the CA CEO added.

CA planning director Peter Roach admitted on Tuesday that Australia would also be interested in hosting a tri-series, last played between India and Pakistan in the 1999-2000 season, rather than just a neutral bilateral series, noted However, there was not enough space in the current Future Tours Program (FTP).

“We don’t have a tri-series in the FTP. Going forward, we are always interested in opportunities for games and competitions that excite our fans. It’s fair to say that every country in the world would love to see India and Pakistan compete against each other in their country,” Roach claimed.

“We have said on record that we are among the countries that have asked this question. There is no space for this in the schedules at the moment. We will continue to talk to them on all other occasions that arise, but in.” “In this specific example, there will be no changes to the schedule,” he concluded.

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