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England offers to be a ‘Neutral Host’ for Pakistan-India Test Series

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England offers to be a ‘Neutral Host’ for Pakistan-India Test Series

According to the latest cricket news, England Cricket Board has offered to serve as a neutral host for the future Pakistan-India Test series. 

For Pakistan and India to look forward to playing bilateral cricket for the first time in more than 15 years, the England Cricket Board has offered to serve as a neutral host for future Pakistan-India Test series.

The vice chairman of the England & Wales Cricket Board, Martin Darlow, allegedly held discussions with the Pakistan Cricket Board during the current T20I series and suggested England’s stadiums as potential locations for a three-match Test series in the future.

Large crowds attend India vs. Pakistan matches. It also attracted many views throughout the most recent Asia Cup 2022 matches. With a sizable south Asian population living in the UK, the ECB made the idea hoping that the matches would draw sizable crowds. When both teams played off against one other in the semi-finals of the 2011 World Cup, the estimated television audience was 495 million.

Due to their tense political relations, India and Pakistan never played a bilateral series. The last time Pakistan’s squad visited India was in 2007. The Pak players are also prohibited from participating in the IPL, a situation that could spread if IPL owners buy teams in other leagues.

The Indian club ownership in numerous leagues worldwide has disappointed Pakistani players. For instance, in February, the South Africa T20 league did not invite Pakistani players because the teams’ owners are Indian, prompting concerns about the impact of private investment on national competitions.

In this case, playing on the neutral ground would appear more politically acceptable for both countries. Despite their disinterest in facing India at a neutral location, the PCB has conveyed gratitude to the ECB for the offer, demonstrating the strengthening bond between the two boards.

The decision to hold a bilateral Test series may not be made only by the cricket governing bodies of the two countries because it may be necessary for India’s political climate and government to change before it can be held.

Regardless of political differences, the cricket associations and players in both nations get along well. Pakistan, though, is in serious financial problems due to not playing India. For instance, playing India generates more revenue for England and Australia than the Ashes series, demonstrating what Pakistan is losing out on.

Although England and Pakistan have excellent cricketing ties, the latter’s matches against nations other than India are not commercially successful. In 2010, Pakistan played two Test matches against Australia at Lord’s and Headingley, although the series failed to generate much revenue. Yorkshire forfeited an England Test against Bangladesh to host Pakistan-Australia, although the event was a financial loss due to weak attendance.

The matches between Pakistan and India will also be highly advantageous for England in this situation. This is because India’s participation makes ticket sales easier overall, especially when games are played in London and Birmingham. In contrast, if Pakistan and India agree, Edgbaston is predicted to be the venue of choice for the matches.

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