London. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has officially offered to host a bilateral Test series between India and Pakistan but the Board of Cricket in India (BCCI) has said that there is no possibility in the near future. According to a report in the British daily ‘Telegraph’, England and Wales Cricket Board Vice-President Martin Darlow has held talks with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) during the current Twenty20 series and plans to hold a three-match series in England in the future. to give
While the ECB has made this offer for its own benefit, the BCCI has said that there is no possibility of such a move in the next few years. A BCCI official told PTI on condition of anonymity on Tuesday, “It is a bit strange that the ECB has spoken to the PCB first about the India-Pak series. Either way, the series against Pakistan will be decided by the government, not the BCCI. The status quo is still intact. We will only play against Pakistan in multinational events.
India and Pakistan last played a bilateral series in India in 2012. It was a limited-overs series when the last Test series between the two countries was played in 2007. Given the strained political relations between these two countries, the BCCI has banned bilateral series, whether played at home or abroad or at neutral venues. The newspaper also cited the reasons for the ECB’s proposal.
The report said, “These matches in the UK will attract a large number of spectators as South Asian countries have a large population. Apart from this, the matches will get huge sponsorship money and will also attract a large number of viewers on television.
The newspaper, however, clarified that even the PCB is not interested in playing against India at a neutral venue, but it expressed gratitude to the ECB, reflecting the growing closeness between the two countries’ boards.