‘It would be a great contest if…’: Rohit Sharma on Test cricket against Pakistan | Cricket News

Apr18,2024



New Delhi: Captain of India Rohit Sharma Expressed openness to playing Test matches against Pakistan at neutral venues, and stressed the possibility of an exciting encounter against their strong bowling lineup.
Bilateral cricket between India and Pakistan has been halted since the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks, and encounters are restricted to ICC events only. Their latest meeting took place during the ODI World Cup held in India last year. 08,” Rohit said on YouTube show 'Club Prairie Fire' hosted by the former Australian keeper-batsman adam gilchrist and former England captain Michael Vaughan.
“Yes, I would love (to play against Pakistan), it would be a great encounter between two sides. We play them in the ICC Trophy, I am looking at pure cricket, a great encounter, so why not?” He said this when he was asked whether an India-Pakistan Test was possible at a neutral venue like England or Australia.
Under the leadership of Shaheen Shah AfridiPakistan's bowling unit, known for its pace, showcases promising talents such as 21-year-old Naseem Shah and Aamir Jamal.
The BCCI has consistently said that any decision regarding bilateral cricket with Pakistan depends on government approval. However, government permission has so far not been granted for cricket ties with the arch-rivals.
In contrast, Pakistan has been actively advocating bilateral relations with India and consistently raises the issue at ICC forums whenever it gets the chance.
Last year, India had refused to travel to Pakistan for the Asia Cup, which was eventually held in a hybrid model. All India's scheduled games in Pakistan were shifted to Sri Lanka.
Next year's Champions Trophy will be another point of contention between the two countries as the tournament is scheduled to be held in Pakistan, which has announced that it will not agree to any change in the venue to accommodate India.
The ICC, for its part, has said that it will not force any member country to disregard government advice.
An ICC official recently said, “…the stance of the ICC Board is that it does not expect its members to go against any policy/directive issued by their government.”
(With PTI inputs)



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