Last Update on: October 3rd, 2023 at 10:43 am
PCB President Zaka Ashraf has reportedly proposed the BCCI as a model to revive the India-Paksitan cricketing rivalry. The two teams have not played bilateral cricket for a decade and have only met in ICC and Asian tournaments.
Zaka Ashraf has recently proposed the idea of a Gandhi-Jinnah Trophy to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The idea behind it is to revive bilateral series cricket between the two teams like the Ashes series between England and Australia.
Speaking to ARY News, Zaka expressed his desire to revive cricketing relations between the two countries. “I suggested to the BCCI to organise a Jinnah-Gandhi trophy as no contest is bigger than Pakistan vs India”.
The last bilateral series between the two countries occurred during Ashraf’s tenure, back in 2012-13. Since then the two countries have only met in ICC and ACC events. India recently played Pakistan in the Asia Cup and won the match. They will be taking on each other in the World Cup as well on October 14 in Ahmedabad.
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Pakistan’s last ODI win against India was in the 2017 Champions Trophy final in England. Since then they have lost every ODI they played against India.
However, in the T20 World Cup, they beat India in 2021 to knock them out of the tournament. They also beat the Men in Blue in the Asia Cup 2022 Super 4 stage which was played in the T20 format as well.
Pakistan are yet to win in ICC World Cups in India. Since 1992, they have lost seven games with the last defeat coming in the 2019 World Cup in Manchester, England. Pakistan had reservations about travelling to India for the World Cup but agreed in due course.
India and Pakistan haven’t played bilateral cricket since 2014 due to the strained relationship between the two neighbouring nations. Several efforts have been made to resolve this problem but none has resulted in anything positive thus far.