Monday, November 28, 2022



PCB chief Rameez Raja to Propose Contract to ICC To Play India and Pakistan



The last bilateral match played between India-Pakistan was last seen in 2013, fans of both countries were yearning to watch these two action-packed sides battle against each other regularly.


India and Pakistan are not playing against each other due to political indifferences, except in ICC tournaments and Asia Cup. However, it looks like the decade-long wait is finally coming to an end with PCB chief Ramiz Raja proposing a deal to the International Cricket Council (ICC).


As per the proposal, it will be a four-nation T20I series between India National Cricket Team, Pakistan, Australia and England every year. The PCB chief wants the series to be hosted on a rotational basis with a separate revenue system where the revenue is distributed among all ICC members. The 59-year-old Raja had earlier hinted at plans to bring the two nations together with India, Pakistan and a three-nation series involving Australia and England. It is supposedly set to be proposed as a quadrangular series annually to restore the enmity between the two countries. According to a report in Express Tribune, the PCB chairman is planning to propose a quadrangular series involving India, Pakistan, England and Australia in the next ICC meeting.


India and Pakistan last met in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 where Pakistan outclassed the Indian team in all departments and registered an emphatic 10-wicket win. Also, even if the ICC agrees to the proposal, India and Pakistan will be seen against each other at least twice in 2022. This year at least once in the Asia Cup, the T20 World Cup 2022 is conducted which is going to be played in Australia later.


The two countries share the greatest rivalry in the cricket world. However, the constant political tension between the two countries has prevented both teams to play healthy bilateral cricket. India and Pakistan continue to meet at major ICC events but have not played a bilateral series since 2013.


If approved, the series is likely to be played in the T20I format. Raza had earlier spoken about the importance of the PCB’s good relationship with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to ensure that the two countries can return to play bilateral cricket against each other. The duo (India – Pakistan Team) last met during ICC T20 World Cup held in 2021, where Pakistan thrashed the Indian side by astounding ten wickets registering a comprehensive victory. Pakistan began their winning streak in the tournament by winning the World Cup by ten wickets against India.

Pakistan had lost all 13 matches against India in ODI and T20 World Cup history before their blockbuster meeting in Dubai last year. Pakistan restricted India to a total of 151 runs with all ten



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