No possibility of Pakistan, India bilateral series any time quickly: ICC’s Allardice

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Spectators cheer during the ICC Twenty20 World Cup cricket match between India and Pakistan at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai on October 24, 2021. — AFP
Spectators cheer throughout the ICC Twenty20 World Cup cricket match between India and Pakistan on the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai on October 24, 2021. — AFP

Geoff Allardice, the performing chief govt of the International Cricket Council, has stated that there isn’t any possibility of a Pakistan-India bilateral happening any time quickly. 

“We obviously enjoy when they play each other in our events,” Allardice informed Belfast Telegraph.

“But the connection between the 2 nations and the boards is one thing the ICC isn’t capable of affect,” the acting chief executive said.

India last hosted Pakistan in a bilateral series in 2013 and the teams now meet only in global tournaments, the last being the T20 World Cup, where the Men In Green defeated them — marking their first ever victory against India in a World Cup.

However, both of them crashed out of the tournament — India at the Super 12 stage and Pakistan at the semi-final stage.

“Like any bilateral cricket, if the two boards agree, they play. If they don’t, then they don’t. I suppose we’re not seeing much of a change on the horizon,” Allardice stated.

“It’s only a pragmatic method to maintain them aside and let the competitors operate […] If they each make it to the ultimate of an ICC event, then [they play] one another at a impartial venue,” he added.

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