We'd Be Very Open To Hosting India And Pakistan In Australia For A Tri-Series - CA Chief Nick Hockley
We'd Be Very Open To Hosting India And Pakistan In Australia For A Tri-Series - CA Chief Nick Hockley

Cricket Australia (CA) Nick Hockley has said that the board is very much open to hosting archrivals in India and Pakistan in a tri-series in Australia, as there are huge India and Pakistan communities living in the country.

India and Pakistan have not played a bilateral series since 2012-13 and bilateral Tests since 2007. The two sides have only met in International Cricket Council (ICC) events like the ODI World Cup and the T20 World Cups and the Asia Cup organized by the Asian Cricket Council (ACC). They most recently met in the T20 World Cup 2021 in Dubai, where Pakistan registered a historic first-ever win over India in World Cup events.

India vs Pakistan, Virat Kohli, Mohammad Rizwan
India vs Pakistan. (Photo: Getty Images)

There have been many efforts from the international cricket fraternity to get the two nations to have cordial relationships on the field, but the political hostility between the two nations has prevented any matches from happening between the two sides, even on neutral grounds.

It’s A Contest That Everyone Wants To See In World Cricket: Nick Hockley On Hosting India And Pakistan For A Triseries In Australia

Recently, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ramiz Raja in January had proposed an annual four-nation T20 series involving Pakistan, India, Australia, and England to be hosted on a rotational basis by the teams. However, this idea was not encouraged by the International Cricket Council (ICC) or by any of the four mentioned cricket boards.

However, Cricket Australia (CA) chief Nick Hockley has said that Australia will be very open to discussing the idea of having India and Pakistan playing a tri-series in Australia. He did add that CA had not discussed the proposal of the 4-nation T20I series as suggested by Ramiz Raja.

Cricket Australia Chief Nick Hockley
Cricket Australia Chief Nick Hockley (Image Credit: Twitter)

“Personally, I really like the tri-series concept. It’s worked well in the past. We’d be very open to hosting … matches. There are really big communities of both India and Pakistan living in Australia. It’s a contest that everyone wants to see in world cricket and if we can help support further opportunities we would love to do that,” Hockley told reported in Rawalpindi.

The next encounter between the two rivals- India and Pakistan- is scheduled in the upcoming T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia, as they will clash at the Melbourne Crickets Ground (MCG) on October 23.

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