India and Pakistan will be back at 22 yards?

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Zaka Ashraf on Monday that he proposed a bilateral series between India and Pakistan which can be played annually like the Ashes.He also suggested that both teams will tour each other during this series. “I proposed BCCI to play annual Gandhi-Jinnah trophy likewise the Ashes. India and Pakistan can tour each other for thie series,” Ashraf said.

India and Pakistan haven’t played bilateral cricket since 2014 due to the strained relation between the two neighbouring nations.

The India-Pakistan cricket rivalry is one of the most intense and storied rivalries in the world of cricket. It goes beyond just sports and has strong cultural, political, and historical dimensions. Here are some key aspects of this rivalry:

Historical Background

  • India and Pakistan were part of British India until 1947 when they gained independence. The partition of the subcontinent led to the creation of two separate nations, India and Pakistan, and also resulted in significant communal violence and displacement.
  • The historical tensions and conflicts between the two nations have spilled over into various aspects of life, including sports, particularly cricket.

Cricket Matches: Cricket has been a major sport in both India and Pakistan, and matches between the two teams are highly anticipated and watched by millions of fans around the world. These matches are often referred to as “India-Pakistan clashes” or “Indo-Pak cricket battles.”

High Stakes: Matches between India and Pakistan are considered high-stakes encounters, with intense pressure on both teams. Winning against the arch-rival is a matter of pride and prestige. These matches often feature packed stadiums, electrifying atmospheres, and passionate fans.

Political and Cultural Significance

Cricket matches between India and Pakistan have often transcended sports and have been seen as a reflection of the broader political and diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Victories in these matches are celebrated with immense fervor and can have a unifying effect on the respective nations.

Global Audience

India-Pakistan cricket matches have a massive global audience, attracting viewers from around the world who are drawn to the drama and excitement of the rivalry.

Major tournaments like the ICC Cricket World Cup and ICC T20 World Cup see particularly intense contests when the two teams face each other.


Over the years, there have been several controversies and heated moments in India-Pakistan cricket matches, including disputes over umpiring decisions and on-field altercations.

Political tensions between the two nations have sometimes resulted in the suspension of cricketing ties.

Rare Encounters

Due to political tensions and security concerns, India and Pakistan have not played bilateral series against each other in recent years. Most of their encounters have occurred in ICC events.

In summary, the India-Pakistan cricket rivalry is more than just a sporting competition; it’s a reflection of the complex history, politics, and emotions that exist between the two neighboring nations. Matches between India and Pakistan are watched with immense passion and are considered among the most significant events in the cricketing world.

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