New ICC chairman not sure about an India-Pakistan bilateral series in near future

By Abhishek Ranjan on Nov 30, 2020
Greg Barclay, who has taken over as the new chairman of ICC, has made it clear that he is not going to do anything different than the previous ICC regime to ensure India and Pakistan play a bilateral series.

Barclay insists that he would love a bilateral series between India and Pakistan to take place because it would be a great spectacle for the game, but he completely understands the geo-political issues going on between the two countries at the moment and it’s not in his hands to influence that in any way whatsoever.

In Barclay’s words, “I would love nothing more than for India and Pakistan to be able to continue cricketing relations as they were previously. But, I’m also enough of a realist to understand that there are geo-political issues at play here.

The last time India and Pakistan played a bilateral series was way back in 2012. The series took place in India and Pakistan was able to beat India in the ODIs by 2-1

Since then, the two teams have come across each other multiple times in global and continental tournaments, but there hasn’t been any bilateral series

India beat Pakistan in the ODI World Cup 2015, Asia Cup 2016, T20 World Cup 2016, Asia Cup 2018 and ODI World Cup 2019. However, one significant defeat that India suffered at the hands of Pakistan in the global tournaments in the recent times was in the final of the Champions Trophy 2017 where Pakistan beat India by a massive margin of 180 runs to lift the title

India has, however, avenged that loss thrice by beating Pakistan twice in Asia Cup 2018 and in the ODI World Cup 2019 last year.
Given the quality that the Indian team has got at the moment, they will surely have an upper hand again if they face Pakistan in the T20 World Cup next year.
Last updated - Nov 30, 2020 3:12 pm
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