Will Cricket Australia revive India-Pakistan rivalry? PCB chief Mohsin Naqvi’s latest update sparks rumours

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PCB Chairman Mohsin Naqvi has once again given an important update on the resumption of the India-Pakistan rivalry. The last time India and Pakistan played a bilateral series was when Pakistan toured India between December 2012 and January 2013 for a white-ball series.

Since then, India and Pakistan have only faced each other in ICC events. Most recently, they met in the T20 World Cup in West Indies and USA. India won a thrilling low-scoring match in New York. Before that, India also won the ODI World Cup match in Ahmedabad.

India and Pakistan always grab attention in cricket. It is the most popular rivalry in world cricket, even better than the Ashes. Meanwhile, the PCB chairman has made a big statement regarding the possible resumption of the bilateral series between India and Pakistan. Many efforts have been made in the past to resume the bilateral cricket series between the two nations, but nothing has yielded positive results.

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PCB chairman hints at Cricket Australia’s involvement in India-Pakistan rivalry resumption

According to recent reports, the PCB chairman has said that Cricket Australia has expressed interest in helping the rivalry to resume. Meanwhile, the Indian government has remained firm on its decision not to send the Indian team to Pakistan to play any form of cricket.

“Cricket Australia has given good news regarding the bilateral series between India and Pakistan. We will also hear good news regarding the bilateral series between India and Pakistan.” said the PCB president.

Meanwhile, after Pakistan cricket team’s exit from the T20 World Cup, the PCB boss spoke about undergoing a major surgery on the team which he has been disheartened about in many ways.

“Pakistan cricket team’s surgery will NOT be conducted in an atmosphere of anger because decisions taken on emotions can have further consequences.” The PCB chairman was quoted as saying by GEO News reporter Arfa Feroz Zake.

He has also made some great comments about the future of Babar Azam saying: “PCB has not taken any decision on changing Babar Azam as captain of the White League. Former cricketers and Gary Kirsten will take a decision on Babar’s future as captain.”

In the same press conference, he made comments about the possibility of India travelling to Pakistan to play in the 2025 Champions Trophy. However, in some of his earlier comments, he said that Pakistan will only think about playing India if they travel to Pakistan to play in the Champions Trophy next year.

“Look, if any option arises in this regard, we will consider it, but our focus now is to host the Champions Trophy and let India come here first. Right now, till the TC, there is no slot available because our team has a tight schedule. Once they come here first, we can look at any proposal when it comes to us,” he said.

India and Pakistan will reportedly be drawn in the same group and India will play all their matches in Lahore. Incidentally, India lost the 2017 Champions Trophy final against Pakistan under the captaincy of Virat Kohli.

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