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 Will there be an India-Pakistan Test in Melbourne?

India-Pakistan Test in Melbourne

Since 2013 India and Pakistan have yet to meet in a bilateral international cricket match, excluding World Cups and the Asia Cup.

After the success of the unforgettable Twenty-one World Cup match between India and Pakistan that was played in October, Melbourne Cricket Club, which manages the Melbourne Cricket Club is the one that is responsible for managing the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), and government officials from the Victorian government have begun making tentative efforts to Cricket Australia about staging a Test match between Pakistan and India in Melbourne.

On the fourth day of the second Test between Australia and South Africa, MCC CEO Stuart Fox disclosed during an interview over SEN radio that the club and the Victoria government had approached CA to discuss hosting a neutral Test.

Since 2013 India and Pakistan haven’t met in a bilateral international cricket match, excluding World Cups and the Asia Cup.

By Sports Desk

December 29, 2022

Pakistan and India team members line up to sing their national anthems, August 28, 2022.-The Pakistan and India team line up for their national anthems. AFP

After the excitement of the unforgettable Twenty-one World Cup match between India and Pakistan held in October, Australia’s Melbourne Cricket Club is the one who oversees the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), as well as Melbourne’s Victorian government, has begun making tentative contacts with Cricket Australia about staging a Test match between Pakistan and India in Melbourne.

On the 4th day of the second Test between Australia and South Africa, MCC CEO Stuart Fox disclosed during an interview via SEN radio that the club, as well as the Victoria government, had approached CA regarding hosting an open Test.

Since 2013 India, as well as Pakistan, haven’t played each other in a bilateral cricket match other than World Cups and the Asia Cup. The two teams haven’t played in a Test game since 2007.

 

“Absolutely. Three [Tests] in a row would be lovely at the MCG. You’d fill it every time. We have asked,” Fox was quoted in ESPNCricInfo. “We’ve discussed this in discussions with Cricket Australia. I know the government of Victoria is also considering it. It’s also extremely complex, from what I discern, and it’s amidst a busy schedule. That’s most likely the greatest problem.

“Wouldn’t it be wonderful if it wasn’t only Australia-centric and Victoria-centric? We’re catering to all countries and taking over the stadium continuously. He stated that he hoped Cricket Australia would keep pushing ICC for the Pak Ind vs. Ind match to fill stadiums.

Since 2013 India, as well as Pakistan, haven’t met in a bilateral international cricket game, except for World Cups and the Asia Cup.

By Sports Desk December 29, 2022

Pakistan, as well as the India team members, stand for their national anthems on August 28, 2022. The Pakistan and India team line up for their national anthems.

After the massive success of the Twenty-one World Cup match between India and Pakistan held in October, Australia’s Melbourne Cricket Club, which is responsible for managing the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) as well as Melbourne’s Victorian government, has begun making tentative efforts to Cricket Australia about staging a Test match between Pakistan and India in Melbourne.

On the fourth day of the second Test between Australia and South Africa, MCC CEO Stuart Fox disclosed during an interview over SEN radio. That the club, as well as the Victoria government, had spoken to CA to discuss hosting an impartial Test.

In the years since 2013, India, as well as Pakistan, haven’t met in a bilateral cricket match other than World Cups and the Asia Cup. Both teams has not played in a Test game since 2007.

After 90,293 spectators packed the MCG to watch the dramatic T20 World Cup final ball game in November. Fox remarked that the MCC would be thrilled to host both sides for a test match.

“Absolutely. Three [Tests] in a row would be lovely at the MCG. You’d fill it every time. We have asked,” Fox was quoted in ESPNCricInfo. “We’ve discussed this in discussions with Cricket Australia. I know the government of Victoria also has. It’s also extremely complex, from what I comprehend, in the midst of a busy schedule. That’s likely to be the greatest difficulty.

“Wouldn’t it be fantastic if it wasn’t only Australia-centric and Victoria-centric? We’re catering to all nations and taking over the stadium constantly.

He added that he hoped Cricket Australia would keep pushing ICC for the Pak against Ind match to fill empty stadiums. Revel in the atmosphere the game creates.

It is crucial to note that the Future Tours Program does not currently have a match between India and Pakistan scheduled for 2023 or 2027. The two teams’ visits to each other’s nations in 2023 for the ODI World Cup and Asia Cup are still up for discussion.

A CA representative informed ESPNcricinfothat the BCCI and PCB alone would decide whether to stage a unilateral Test or a series of Tests with India and Pakistan. However, the representative also said that CA is keen to host a neutral match in Australia should the two boards come to an agreement.

“It would be up to the two countries to agree,” the spokesperson stated. However, he added, “If there were to be a Test between India and Pakistan on neutral ground. We would of course be delighted in the chance to host it in Australia.” He also applauded the World Cup attendees who supported both sides.

 

The two teams’ trips to each other’s countries in 2023 for Asia Cup and ODI WC still up for debate.

“I’ve never seen anything like it at the MCG, that India-Pakistan game was something else,” Fox said.

 

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