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In a bit of ground-breaking information on Tuesday (September 27), England have proposed to host an India-Pakistan bilateral collection in the UK, which may see the neighbours have interaction in a Take a look at collection for the primary time since 2007. In response to a not too long ago printed report in Telegraph.co.uk, Martin Darlow, the deputy chairman of the England & Wales Cricket Board, has held talks with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) relating to the identical throughout England’s ongoing T20I collection in Pakistan.

Whereas England and Pakistan are engaged in an entertaining T20I collection in Pakistan, the ECB are conjuring plans of internet hosting a blockbuster bilateral Take a look at collection between arch-rivals India and Pakistan. It’s understood that the board has provided a number of venues to the PCB for the fixtures.

It’s price noting that the subcontinent sides meet in ICC occasions regularly, attracting a record-breaking crowd nearly each time. The 2011 World Cup semi-final conflict between India and Pakistan garnered an astonishing tv viewers of 495 million.

And since each cricket boards may be keen to just accept a impartial venue, the proposal may grow to be a masterstroke for the England Cricket Board, which might see an unprecedented surge in revenues, because of the giant base of Asian followers within the nation.

Pakistan has refused to entertain India in a red-ball collection at a impartial venue

However the PCB would not appear very eager to go forward with the prospect of going through their rivals in a historic red-ball collection since it might rescind their potential of internet hosting different nations within the nation, which has been solely potential extra not too long ago. The board acknowledged ECB’s proposal which is an indicator of their rising amicable relationship.

Though the PCB in the mean time just isn’t very enthusiastic in regards to the supply, it gives a glimmer of hope for the long run as an India-Pakistan collection shall be useful for the Males in Inexperienced, attracting monetary support for the board. The report additionally highlighted the truth that nations like Australia and England earn more money from taking part in India than they do by taking part in within the iconic Ashes collection.

This isn’t the primary time that ECB has proposed to behave as a number for Pakistan. Beforehand, Australia visited England in 2010 to play in a two-match Take a look at collection in opposition to the Asian giants at Lord’s and Headingley.

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