Nick Hockley Discusses Potential Of Australia Hosting India-Pakistan Bilateral Series
By CricShots - Jul 3, 2024 4:31 pm
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It has been over a decade since India and Pakistan last engaged in a bilateral cricket series. In the early 2000s, the fierce rivalry between these Asian giants thrilled fans as they competed in multi-format series, often visiting each other’s countries. However, escalating geopolitical tensions halted these exchanges, limiting their encounters to ICC tournaments alone.

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India vs Pakistan

Despite numerous offers from other cricketing nations to host India-Pakistan matches, these efforts have not materialized due to ongoing diplomatic challenges. Even Cricket Australia (CA) has expressed willingness to host the rivals, provided the Boards of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) can reach a consensus—an elusive prospect given the current circumstances.

Nick Hockley, CEO of Cricket Australia, acknowledged the fervent global interest in an India-Pakistan series, likening it to the intense Border-Gavaskar Trophy rivalry. While CA stands ready to assist, he emphasized that the decision ultimately lies with the respective cricket boards.

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“In terms of a bilateral series between the two countries, that’s a matter for their respective boards. However, we are open to facilitating or helping in any way,” Nick Hockley stated during an online press conference, underlining CA’s supportive stance.

Looking ahead, India is slated to tour Australia later this year for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Hockley noted the overwhelming response from Indian fans, with ticket sales significantly surpassing previous editions of the series.

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Cricket Australia chief, Nick Hockley

“For next summer, we have a packed schedule with fixtures announced and tickets on sale. The enthusiasm from Indian fans has been exceptional, with ticket sales six times higher than any previous Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Australia. We anticipate tremendous support for this series,” Nick Hockley remarked, highlighting the robust fanbase that eagerly anticipates cricketing clashes between the two nations.

Addressing the potential for an India-Pakistan series on Australian soil, Hockley reiterated CA’s openness to supporting such initiatives, although formal discussions with the boards have yet to take place.

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“Regarding a bilateral series between India and Pakistan, it’s up to their respective boards, and we haven’t raised it with them formally. We’re open to supporting it in any way we can,” Nick Hockley affirmed, reflecting CA’s commitment to fostering international cricketing ties amidst geopolitical challenges.