The Pakistani media reported on Wednesday that India and Pakistan could possibly play a short T20 bilateral cricket series later this year. This comes on the heels of unilateral ceasefire by both countries along the Line of Control (LoC) last month. Read More IPL 2021: "Can't wait to share the dressing room with the best batsmen in the world", says Mohammed Azharuddeen.
It would be the first bilateral series between the two countries in over eight years, in case the series takes place. The last bilateral series was played in 2012-13, when the Pakistani team visited India for a short ODI and T20 series. The Two sides have faced other only 8 times in T20 where India had won 6 times and Pakistan had tasted win only once.
The ICC T20 WC 2021 will commence in October this year and the final will place in November, while Indian Premier League will be over before the June. It will be exciting to see few T20 games before these two rivals before heading to World Cup.
Interestingly, India skipper Virat Kohli during the recent T20I series against England hinted that he had been told by the Indian Cricket board for few more T20 later this year. India will be free for a month following a ICC World Test Championship Final at Southampton on June 18. So, July could be possible aperture for India-Pakistan bilateral series.
"A PCB official said that while there has been no direct discussion with anyone from India, indications are there and we have been told to be ready for such a series," said the report in the Urdu newspaper.