Pakistan news April 13, 2014

India-Pakistan Test series likely in 2015


Pakistan's conditional support for the ICC revamp hinges on the promise of six series against India, including a 'home' series in the Middle East as part of an upcoming, reworked eight-year FTP cycle from 2015 to 2023, ESPNcricinfo has learnt.

The change in the PCB's stance has taken place on the condition that Pakistan would be involved in bilateral series against all Full Members, including India. If Indo-Pak series are officially slotted into the eight-year FTP, it could also involve a 'home' series for Pakistan against India in the United Arab Emirates.

The PCB is now waiting for a final confirmation from the BCCI following its Working Committee meeting, which the PCB have been informed, is expected to take place in the next 15 days. It will then enable the PCB to work out a long-term broadcasting deal with regular India series at its centre.

The PCB's opposition to the ICC's original position paper that recommended a remodeling of the ICC's administrative structure and its revenue distribution rested on the argument that it was against the principle of "equality." However, following certain changes in the resolutions, as well as the possibility of playing India frequently led PCB to support the governance, finance and FTP changes in the ICC, which was driven entirely by the BCCI, ECB and Cricket Australia.

ESPNcricinfo understands that all the nine member boards have confirmed their earlier commitments with PCB until 2020 and are chalking out a fresh plan for the period from 2020 to 2023.

The BCCI could look to slot in as many as six series against Pakistan, due to the gaps that are available in the existing FTP calendar. The first of these bilateral series could take place in the UAE in the winter of 2015. "Cricket between both countries is beneficial as the Pakistan government is also keen to revive ties with India on a high note," PCB chairman Najam Sethi said on Friday following the two-day ICC board meeting in Dubai.

India and Pakistan have not played a full series since the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, which India blamed on militants based across the border. However, Pakistan visited India for a short limited-over series in December 2012, but despite not getting any revenue out of the series, it was regarded as a stepping stone in reviving cricketing ties between both countries.

Since July 2013, Pakistan have been without a long-term broadcasting deal, one of the major sources of income for the PCB. The PCB already had to deal with a long-standing budget-deficit, which in August 2013, was calculated at nearly PKR 500 million. The PCB estimates that after committing to the ICC revamp, the financial benefits could reach PKR 30 billion from the bilateral ties, the major chunk of which will be earned from hosting India.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. @kalson

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  • james on April 15, 2014, 15:02 GMT

    On paper this arrangement looks pretty good.The question is,will these matches actually take place ?

  • Imran on April 15, 2014, 8:44 GMT

    Lets see if that goes ahead.. Would be good though.. As a cricket lover that is good to see.

  • sumit on April 14, 2014, 18:49 GMT

    It is good to see two heavy weight in Asia continent will battle again for test supreme.

  • Dummy4 on April 14, 2014, 15:56 GMT

    Well if truly we want our future generations to enjoy cricket we need to have Indo Pak test series like the ashes every two years five matches each.

    Like the ashes the heores of an Indo Pak series are immortalized in memory of the fans and will live forever had it been continuous as the ashes it might had surpassed the Ashes itself

    Please there is still time dont ruin it

  • asad on April 14, 2014, 15:15 GMT

    If the series happens then it will be really good because Pakistan vs India is much better than any other cricketing rivalry. The other thing is that Aamir will be done his ban & hopefully Irfan will be fit. I'm also hoping Fawad Alam, Haris Sohail, Ahmed Shehzad & Umar Akmal can all cement there places in the test team. If this series can happen then it should be 3-5 tests, 5-7 ODIs & 3 t20s, in fact Pak vs Ind should be similar to Ashes.

  • Dummy4 on April 14, 2014, 15:01 GMT

    This is fantastic news. Just like nothing in the world tastes quite as good as biryani, no other cricket quite matches up to test matches between India and Pakistan. Have been waiting for this news forever.

  • Faizan on April 14, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    A 5 match Test Series is a must if the deal actually takes place.

  • Faizan on April 14, 2014, 14:06 GMT

    If that happens and if by then Aamir's ban is over and he gets in his rhythm then I for sure would love to see a Mohammad Aamir vs Virat Kohli battle. For me Aamir might miss out on the World Cup. However, he would have an opportunity to redeem himself against India but only if his bans get over, he gets in his form and if the series actually takes place. I think a Test Series should definitely take place between the two sides.

  • abdul on April 14, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    I think every cricket Lover wants the series between Pakistan and India. There should be no politics in sports. PCB should now start Super League in UAE or anywhere else. No time to waste now. It will bring talent from domestic players into international level. Super League look more fascinating and its also source of experience from players of other countries.

  • Dummy on April 14, 2014, 13:29 GMT

    I hope this goes ahead... Politics has no place in sport.... Pakistan vs India is the mother of all matches... Great Pakistan bowling vs a fiercy India batting...