Tri-Series featuring India, Pakistan and Australia? Cricket Australia Chief Executive gives his opinion
The Trilateral tournaments are an absolutely wonderful phenomenon. Fans loved the idea of seeing three teams battling it out amongst each other. However, it’s been a while since the top teams have engaged in a tri-series.
Recently, Cricket Australia’s Chief Executive Nick Hockley spoke about Australia hosting India and Pakistan for a tri-series. He said that he was open to Australia hosting a tri-series involving these three teams. It is to be noted that the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Ramiz Raja had proposed a four-nation T20I series involving Pakistan, Australia, India and England.
He had spoken about the same in January. While speaking to the reporters in Rawalpindi, Hockley stated that they were very open to hosting the two Asian sides. He also stated that it was a contest that everyone wants to see.
“Personally, I really like the tri-series concept. It’s worked well in the past. We’d be very open to hosting … matches. It’s a contest that everyone wants to see in world cricket and if we can help support further opportunities we would love to do that,” said Nick Hockley.
Another important point to be noted is that India and Pakistan haven’t played a bilateral series since 2013. They only play against each other in ICC tournaments and Asia Cup tournaments. Taking the busy cricket calendar of all the three teams into account, witnessing such a tri-series anytime soon is highly unlikely. However, India and Pakistan are scheduled to face each other during the Super 12 stages of the ICC T20 World Cup 2022.
CA Chief Executive confirmed that Australia wish to host a tri-series between India vs Pakistan vs Australia in future.
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In the meanwhile, Australia are currently touring Pakistan for an all-format tour. Both the teams are currently playing a three-match Test series, with the first Test in Rawalpindi going on to be a draw. However, the next two Tests promise to be an absolute cracker of a contest. As for India, they are currently playing a two-match Test series against Sri Lanka at home.