While the relation between the two nations – India and Pakistan are well known, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is hoping that India will travel to Pakistan when they will host the 2023 Asia Cup. PCB chairman Ehsan Mani has revealed that India’s visit will be huge for Pakistan cricket and also added that the 2021 edition of the league will not take place since they could not find a window for it.
“It is not possible to hold the Asia Cup (in Sri Lanka) this year. There was a tiny window in June but we are playing Pakistan Super League’s remaining matches and also India are playing the World Test Championship final against New Zealand in that period. They have to do a two-week quarantine in England before playing the final. So, India too are busy,” said Mani while speaking to the Jang newspaper.
“The earnings through Asia Cup helps Associate nations so it is important that we hold the tournament with all the top sides (and not with B teams),” also added Mani.
Although Pakistan have started hosting a few countries for international series over the last one to one-and-a-half years, they are still struggling to host top teams for a long time now. While Australia and New Zealand didn’t tour the country over the last 20 years, others also stopped after the horrible 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan team as well.
“Pakistan will be hosting the Asia Cup in 2023. India’s participation in the tournament will be a big breakthrough for Pakistan cricket. I hope that the political situation would improve by then,” further added Mani.
On the other hand, he also opened up about the T20 World Cup which India will host this year in October-November. he said that he has been assured that the tournament wouldn’t go ahead without Pakistan. However, there is no official news came from India on issuing visas to Pakistan players for the T20 World Cup yet.
The last time Pakistan toured India for a bilateral series was in 2012-13, although Pakistan had toured India in 2016 for the 2016 ICC T20 World Cup. However, only time can tell when both teams will travel to two nations for international series.
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