The much-awaited bilateral series between arch-rivals India and Pakistan is all set to resume later this year if reports are to be believed true. Due to the growing political tension between the two neighbouring countries, everything came to halt between India and Pakistan including cricket.
The last Test series between the two countries had taken place way back in 2007 when Pakistan visited their neighbouring country for five ODIs and three Tests. As far as the last bilateral ODI series between the two countries is concerned, it took place in the 2012-13 season when the Men in Greens visited India for a short limited-overs series. The Men in Blues, on the other hand, last visited Pakistan in 2008 for the Asia Cup.
India and Pakistan to resume bilateral series
Since then, both countries have only played against each other in the Asia Cup or ICC organised tournaments. They last played against each other at the 2019 World Cup that took place in England. The wait for a bilateral series between India and Pakistan could end later this year according to a report from Pakistani news outlet Daily Jang. An unnamed PCB official also told the news outlet that something could materialize this year as Pakistan Cricket Board has received indication from higher authorities.
“We’ve been told to be prepared,” the official was quoted as saying by the Urdu daily.
The report further added that the reports regarding the revival of the India-Pakistan bilateral series have started doing the rounds in the Indian media as well. Earlier, PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani also hinted that a T20I series can be on the cards in the second half of the year. The PCB boss had said that Pakistan were hopeful of hosting Virat Kohli & Co in 2023 for the Asia Cup.
“Pakistan has to host the Asia Cup in 2023. India’s participation in the tournament will be a big breakthrough for Pakistan cricket. I hope that the political situation would improve by then,” Mani had told GeoSuper in an interview.