England has proposed to host the India-Pakistan bilateral series in the United Kingdom. The last time India-Pakistan played a test series in 2007. As per reports from Telegraph.co.uk, Martin Darlow who’s currently the chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board had a word regarding the bilateral series regarding the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), during England’s T20I series in Pakistan.
England had an amazing T20I series in Pakistan and since then ECB was planning to host the bilateral Test series between the arch-rivals.
Both the teams meet in ICC events often and it is a big crowd puller every time. The 2011 World Cup semi-final clash between India and Pakistan got 495 million television views.
Since then, both the cricket boards (BCCI) and (PCB) have tried to get a neutral venue and it can be the best opportunity for the England Cricket Board. It will even attract a lot of crowd due to the high population of Indians and Pakistanis.
However, the Pakistani Cricket Board (PCB) isn’t very keen on facing their neighbors in another nation since it would restrict their potential of hosting other countries in their own country. The board agreed to ECB’s proposal which accelerates the probability of seeing the two countries play in England.
Moeen Ali, England’s captain “That would be brilliant. It’s a shame that they don’t obviously play each other unless it’s a World Cup or an ICC event but they’re two great teams and two massive playing nations. With the viewing [figures] and all that, it would be one of the biggest games because it’s not been done for a very long time. It would be a great game because Pakistan have a really good bowling attack as well as India now, and India have a great Test side. It would be really good.“
At this moment, PCB isn’t very enthusiastic about this offer but it will be beneficial for the Men in Green as they will be getting a huge amount of money. Further, the report stated that Australia and England make more cash while playing in India than featuring in the very iconic Ashes series.