MCC inquires about hosting a friendly between India and Pakistan

Two issues, beyond the control of local authorities, stand in the way – the crowded cricket calendar Fox is alluding to and the complicated political situation between neighboring states.


India and Pakistan have two weeks off in December-January 2025-26 and another two in early December 2026 and January 2027 in future tour program 2023-27. A minimum of three weeks would be required to complete a three-Test series, although no warm-up games would be possible.

There is a three-week window from June to July next year but that falls outside of the cricket season in Australia when the AFL has rights to the MCG.

However, the future touring program is a tentative schedule, so there is room to postpone series if India and Pakistan have a desire to resume their on-field rivalry.

Tensions between the two nations have increased under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government in India, affecting ties beyond the realms of cricket and sport.

The Pakistan Cricket Board recently threatened to withdraw from the 2023 World Cup in India in retaliation for comments by the Secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Jay Shah, that the Asia Cup was moving from Pakistan to a neutral venue shall be.

PCB chairman Ramiz Raja has said he wants India to resume tours with Pakistan, but not in neutral territory. The two sides haven’t played each other in a bilateral match since 2013, but they do attract huge crowds and huge TV viewers at World Cups.

“This question should be asked to India because I am quite happy to play against India anywhere. Not anywhere but in Pakistan or in India,” Raja said earlier this month. “It’s just why should fans suffer? Why should the cricket fraternity suffer? Because it’s a great competition.”

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