India vs Pakistan cricket matches likely in 2021
New Delhi : After years of suspension, India and Pakistan may play cricket matches in 2021, said a media report. The bilateral cricket relations between the two neighbouring countries have been suspended since 2012-13 due to heightened diplomatic tensions.
According to a report by Pakistan daily, the country’s cricket board has been asked to prepare for a bilateral series with India in 2021. There is no official confirmation to the report yet from the Indian side.
“We’ve been told to be prepared,” a PCB official was quoted as saying by Daily Jang.
While the nations have not engaged in any of the bilateral series, India and Pakistan have faced each other in the International Cricket Council events. The last time these two locked horns was at the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup when India won by 89 runs en route to the semi-finals.
Both the teams have a very busy schedule due to Asia Cup and India’s World Test Championship against New Zealand. There was a tiny window in June when the two nations could have engaged in the cricketing event.
There was a possibility of India fielding a second string team but Mani said hosting such a high-profile event without top stars would affect the revenue. “The earnings through Asia Cup helps Associate nations so it is important that we hold the tournament with all the top sides,” he said.