The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has shown its interest in playing a tri-nation series including Australia and India proposed by Cricket Australia (CA) a few days back.
PCB chairman Ramiz Raja says Pak vs Ind cricket is what every fan wants to watch but there has not been any such series since last many years. He understands the idea of bilateral series is now rotten and the future is in tri-nation and four-nation series.
“Bilateral series concept has got older. The future is tri-nation and four-nation series,”
It must be noted Pakistan and India have not encountered each other in any bilateral series since 2012-13 when the men in green visited the men in blue’s country. However, they have been fronting only in the ICC and the ACC contests. Apparently, Pak vs Ind matches gathers huge viewership in each match.
Seeking the motive of bringing India and Pakistan at one platform, Nick Hockley, the CEO of CA, after the Rawalpindi Test match, said in a press conference that they are ready to host the tri-nation series within Australia if the two boards, PCB and BCCI agree. The PCB, however, has shown its interest but the money-rich league board is yet to respond.
“We want to play tri-nation series involving India. Pakistan-India cricket has highly been missed,”
Raja further stated they cannot force BCCI to play cricket neither they are reliable on India in terms of finances. He commented Pak vs Ind cricket is highly missed.
“We can’t force ICC to ask India to play with us. Neither our cricket relies on playing against India nor our earnings,”
It must be noted there is no chance of any such series before 2023 since the ICC has finalized Future Tour Programs till the year. However, if BCCI agrees upon the scheme, the cricket world will see India, Pakistan, and Australia participating in the tri-nation series.