The legendary Indian cricketer, Sunil Gavaskar reckons that there is a higher chance of having a snowfall in Lahore than a bilateral cricket series between India and Pakistan. The two countries have not played any bilateral series since 2012-13 even though India and Pakistan continue to meet in ICC events.
As the world faces a huge threat from the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar had proposed a series between India and Pakistan for charity purposes and it was supported by Shahid Afridi. As far as the possibility of these two teams playing each other outside an ICC event, even on a neutral venue is concerned, Gavaskar clarified the situation in his own quirky manner.
During a video interview with former Pakistan cricketer, Gavaskar said, “There are more chances of snowfall in Lahore than bilateral series between India and Pakistan. Both teams will keep on meeting in World Cups and ICC tournaments, but a series between them seem unlikely right now.”
On the declining popularity of Test cricket, Gavaskar felt that as long as players like Steve Smith and Virat Kohli continue giving importance to the format, no harm is likely to occur.
On the World Test Championship, Gavaskar feels the format going ahead for the next few editions should be altered. Giving an example of the format of last year’s World Cup where all teams faced each other, Gavaskar reckons the World Test Championship should follow a similar same pattern.
The batting legend said, “I see why the current format exists. Each board wants to play as much international cricket and possible and fair enough, it should be done. But I would rather see the World Test Championship have a more open pattern,” he pointed out. “Last year’s World Cup I believe was the best World Cup because all ten teams faced the other nine. The WTC should have a similar format; only then can we actually see the top two teams battle it out for the crown.”