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India vs Pakistan Test: India and Pakistan could play the Test series for the first time after 15 years as ECB has offered to host Men’s Test cricket.

India vs Pakistan Test: India and Pakistan could play the Test series for the first time after 15 years as ECB has offered to host Men’s Test cricket.

England & Wales Cricket Board’s deputy chairperson Martin Darlow held a meeting with Pakistan Cricket Board’s officials.

Martin Darlow, the ECB’s deputy chair, has been in Pakistan for England’s ongoing T20 international series and has floated the idea to PCB chair Ramiz Raja during his visit.

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Further sign of the ECB’s attempts to rebuild relationships with the PCB after England’s last-minute withdrawal from a scheduled two-match series in Pakistan last year.

This will be the first time that Team India will face Pakistan in the longest format of the game in 15 years and thus it will be politically acceptable if that happens on neutral turf.

Both countries have faced each other in the recently concluded Asia Cup 2022 in UAE and are scheduled to play in the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia.

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India vs Pakistan is one of the biggest rivalries in cricket and thus attracts huge sponsorship revenue and television audiences. The 2011 World Cup semi-final was watched by 495million people on TV.

The PCB has hosted two Tests in England before, drawing a two-match series against Australia one-all in 2010 with games at Lord’s and Headingley. But relationships between the boards deteriorated after Pakistan’s series against England later in the year was marred by the spot-fixing scandal.

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Moeen Ali, England’s captain, said the prospect of a Test between the two teams on English soil was an “awesome” prospect. “That would be brilliant,” he said. “It’s a shame that they don’t obviously play each other unless it’s a World Cup or an ICC event but they’re two great teams and two massive playing nations.

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“With the viewing [figures] and all that, it would be one of the biggest games because it’s not been done for a very long time. It would be a great game because Pakistan have a really good bowling attack as well as India now, and India have a great Test side. It would be really good.”

The two sides could, theoretically, meet in the World Test Championship final at Lord’s in 2023 if they win the majority of their remaining fixtures in this cycle.

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