BCCI rejects ECB’s offer to host Pak-India bilateral test series
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has rejected The England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) informal offer to host a bilateral test series between arch-rivals India and Pakistan.
The Press Trust of India’s (PTI) sources said that the “powers that be in the BCCI laughed off the suggestions and said that no such possibilities might arise at least in the next few years”.
It was reported on Tuesday that Martin Darlow, ECB chairman discussed his proposal with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on the sidelines of the ongoing T20 series between England and Pakistan.
He offered English stadiums as a venue for ideally three-test series in the future.
The offer was not received well by BCCI. A senior BCCI official was quoted as saying by the PTI “Firstly, ECB spoke to PCB about an Indo-Pak series and that’s a bit weird. In any case, a series against Pakistan is not something that the BCCI will decide but it is the decision of the government. As of now, the stance remains the same. We only play Pakistan at multi-team events,”
According to sources, PCB was also not very interested in bilateral series at a neutral venue. International Cricket is coming back to Pakistan. “Playing at a neutral venue would risk undermining some of that” ESPNCricinfo reported.
The current political situation in both countries is tense so bilateral series can’t be expected in near future. The last time Pakistan played India in a test series was back in 2007. The two teams came face to face in the T20 Asia cup 2022.