India-Pakistan series on cards this year
A report from Daily Jang has stated that Pakistan have been told to ‘be prepared’ for a bilateral series with India later this year.
Despite tight cricketing schedules for both the teams, a three-match T20I series might be played inside six days.
An unnamed official of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has revealed that higher authorities has told them to be prepared for a rare Indo-Pak affair.
“We’ve been told to be prepared,” the official told the Urdu daily.
The Asia Cup 2021, T20 format, could have been one of the stages to see the two arch-rivals meet. But the tournament is unlikely to go ahead.
The sides may have a meeting in the T20 World Cup in October-November, which will be hosted by India. PCB has asked BCCI to assure visas for the mega event.
India and Pakistan have not played each other in a bilateral series since 2012-13, when the latter paid a limited-overs tour. But no developments could be reached to see the Asian giants play apart from multi-national events.
Even the ICC World Test Championship and the Cricket World Cup Super League do not include a bilateral series between India and Pakistan.
While cricket is back to a regularity in Pakistan, the Indian team may visit this year, according to PCB sources.
India last played a bilateral series in Pakistan in 2006, before returning for Asia Cup two years later.