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Fans may soon witness long-awaited India-Pakistan cricket series, says PCB

In a thrilling development for cricket enthusiasts, PCB Chairman Mohsin Naqvi has hinted at the possibility of a long-awaited India-Pakistan cricket series. Fans from both nations, starved of bilateral encounters for over a decade, are buzzing with anticipation following Naqvi’s comments.

The cricketing ties between India and Pakistan have been fraught with interruptions due to political tensions, with their last bilateral series taking place in 2012-13. Since then, clashes between the two cricketing giants have been confined to multinational tournaments, leaving fans yearning for more frequent encounters.

Naqvi’s recent statements, reported by Cricket Pakistan, suggest a potential breakthrough in this long-standing impasse. While details remain scarce, the possibility of the series extending beyond neutral venues like Australia adds an extra layer of excitement. Naqvi hinted at forthcoming good news for fans, raising hopes that the cricketing landscape could soon see a resurgence of this historic rivalry.

The PCB has also announced a packed 2024-25 season for the Pakistan men’s team, including hosting all matches of the 2025 Champions Trophy. While there is still no official confirmation regarding India’s travel to Pakistan for this event, Naqvi indicated positive progress on this front.

“The PCB Chairman suggested that there are promising opportunities for an India-Pakistan cricket series, not limited to playing in Australia, hinting at potential good news for cricket fans eager to see the historic rivalry revived,” a Cricket Pakistan report said.

In addition to these developments, Naqvi emphasized the importance of player fitness. He confirmed that the Yo-Yo test would be mandatory for Pakistan cricket team players, with strict fitness standards in place. Players who do not participate in domestic cricket will not be eligible for national selection, ensuring a robust and competitive team.

Gary Kirsten and Wahab Riaz have submitted their performance reports for Pakistan’s dismal T20 World Cup 2024 campaign to the PCB. Looking ahead, the Men in Green will face Bangladesh in a two-match Test series starting on August 21 in Rawalpindi.

The potential revival of the India-Pakistan cricket series not only promises thrilling on-field action but could also play a significant role in normalizing cricketing relations between the two nations. As the cricket world watches with bated breath, the prospect of this legendary rivalry reigniting brings a sense of hope and excitement to fans across the globe.