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Australian board seeking for India vs Pakistan test match at MCG, Test match can be played again after 15 years between India and Pakistan. In the longest format of cricket, these two teams last came face to face in 2007 and the match ended in a draw. Now the Test match between India and Pakistan can be played once again on the historic ground of Melbourne.
In October, the T20 World Cup match between India and Pakistan was played on this ground. India registered a thrilling victory in this match. A record 90,293 spectators watched the match. Following this, the Melbourne Cricket Club, which runs the MCG, and the Government of Victoria have made informal inquiries about hosting a Test match between India and Pakistan. Speaking on SEN Radio on day four of the second Test between Australia and South Africa, MCG chief executive Stuart Fox made the disclosure.
India and Pakistan have not played a Test match against each other since 2007 and there has been no bilateral series between the two countries since 2013. Now these two countries only play against each other in Asia Cup and World Cup.
Stuart Fox said, "Absolutely. Three in a row (Tests) at the MCG will be fantastic. It will be a packed house every time. We have spoken to Cricket Australia. However, we also know that it is very difficult. Hopefully, Cricket Australia will keep talking about it with the ICC and keep pushing for it. When you see some stadiums around the world empty, I think it would be better to celebrate the game in a stadium full of spectators.
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Let us tell you that whenever the teams of India and Pakistan clash, there is tremendous enthusiasm among the fans and the MCG management is planning to cash in on this craze. India-Pakistan hasnt played a Test match since 2007. Both countries play only in ICC events.
Fox, however, said the MCC would love to host the two nations in Test cricket after 90,293 fans packed the MCG to watch the last-ball thriller at the T20 World Cup in November.
A CA spokesperson said any decision regarding a Test series between India and Pakistan rests entirely with the BCCI and the PCB, but Cricket Australia is open to hosting any such matches.
Pakistan is set to play the Boxing Day Test against Australia at the MCG in 2023 as part of a three-match series in the next World Test Championship. Fox hoped that the MCG could attract the same number of Pakistan fans that turned up for the T20 World Cup matches against India and the final against England, where over 80,000 people turned up, most of them He was a supporter of Pakistan.
Fox said, "Ive never seen anything like it at the MCG, the atmosphere at an India-Pakistan match was like nothing Ive ever felt. The noise after every ball was phenomenal and the families and kids and everyone was enjoying it . I think if we can make sure we cater to all the cultures, we need to tap into that Pakistani community next year. We want them here and it will be fantastic to have a full stadium on the first day."