India-Pakistan series on card in Dubai
As per the latest proceedings in world cricket, arch rivals India and Pakistan are approaching to face in a bilateral series in a neutral venue. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is said to have avenued to Home Ministry of India asking latter’s permission to engage in a bilateral encounter. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ এ বছরেই হবে ভারত-পাকিস্তান সিরিজ!]
According to a report of Cricketnext, BCCI Chief CK Khanna confirmed of the board’s sending mail to the ministry to gain clearance in the matter. It has added that the issue will further be discussed in the Special General Meeting (SGM) scheduled to hold on April 9 in New Delhi.
In 2014, BCCI signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) committing of six bilateral series with Pakistan that was also a part of Future Tour Program (FTP).
Another report of Geo News says BCCI has proposed three Test matches, five one day internationals and two T20Is to play against Pakistan within the time frame of September to November. The reports also states about Pakistan’s suggestion of Dubai as a neutral venue.
At present Pakistan is playing its home matches in Dubai which was reportedly rejected by BCCI as the venue of any bilateral series between these two countries back in 2016.
India last played a Test series against Pakistan almost ten years back in 2007 – 08. The two arch rivals played an ODI series last time in 2012 – 13 season. The very last time India and Pakistan encountered with each other was in T20I World Cup in March 2016 in which India emerged winner.