After 16 years, India and Pakistan might play a Test match or Test series at a neutral site. Cricket Australia is thinking about it and may suggest it to the BCCI and the PCB.
Since quite some time, there has been conflict between the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The 2023 Asia Cup, which will be held in Pakistan, and the 2023 ODI World Cup, which is scheduled to be hosted by India, are at the centre of the ongoing conflict between the boards. In the midst of everything that is going on between the two cricket governing bodies, it’s possible that India and Pakistan will face off against one another in a Test game or a Test series. Sounds complex and intriguing? But if the BCCI and the PCB approve of it, it might take place.
According to recent sources, the Melbourne Cricket Club and the state of Victoria continue to discuss the possibility of holding an India vs. Pakistan Test match in Melbourne. After India’s last T20 World Cup match against Pakistan, which was a resounding success, the Melbourne Cricket Club and the Victorian government may try to organise another India vs. Pakistan encounter. It is very obvious that the political tensions between the two countries influence their decisions to play cricket against one another, but if a neutral location can be chosen, the match may actually go place. It is currently just a concept, therefore much work will be required to make it a reality. MCC Chief Executive Officer Stuart Fox has announced that the club and the Victorian Government have asked CA to host a neutral test.