Indo-Pak Tests likely in England next year
NEW DELHI: From Sri Lanka to England, India and Pakistan seem willing to go the distance to play cricket. With the island nation expected to host limitedovers matches between the two rivals in December, England is emerging as a possible venue for a Test series in the summer.
While the last the two sides played a Test series was in 2007, media reports on Wednesday said England was discussed as a possible venue when Board of Control for Cricket in India president Shashank Manohar and Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan held talks in Dubai over the weekend.
When reached for comments, Manohar said, “I will not react to anything which comes in the media.”
A source in Pakistan’s ministry of inter-provincial coordination said the PCB chief had sought Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s clearance for the series in Lanka — technically Pakistan’s home series — and had also indicated India was willing to play Tests next year.
With cricketing ties virtually moving in tandem with the state of bilateral relationship —which is often strained — the final decision is that of the political leadership.
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