Melbourne Cricket Council (MCC) chief Stuart Fox and the Victorian Government have expressed interest in hosting a Test series between India and Pakistan. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has reportedly denied the chance of a Test match between the arch-rivals at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
India and Pakistan last played Test cricket in 2007, and there has been no bilateral series between the two teams since 2013. The two countries have not competed in the longest format of the game in the last 15 years. Both teams played three times in 2022; twice in the Asia Cup in Dubai and once at the recently concluded T20 World Cup at the MCG, where India won on the final ball.
According to reports, the BCCI is not interested in moving forward with this and has stated that no such match would take place, as well as dismissing the possibility of a Test match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
“No such plans for India and Pakistan Test series in future or in any country, if someone has such kind of wish keep it to yourself,” a BCCI source told news agency Asian News International (ANI).
We’ve Taken That Up With Cricket Australia – Stuart Fox
Recently, Stuart Fox has approached Cricket Australia (CA) about hosting an India-Pakistan Test match in Melbourne. Speaking to SEN Radio during the second Test match between Australia and South Africa at the iconic MCG, Stuart Fox expressed his interest in hosting a neutral Test.
“Absolutely. Three [Tests] in a row would be lovely at the MCG. You’d fill it every time. We have asked. We’ve taken that up with Cricket Australia. I know the [Victoria] government has as well. Again, it’s enormously complicated from what I can understand, amongst a really busy schedule. So I think that’s probably the greater challenge,” Fox said on SEN Radio.