ICC considering an India-Pakistan warm up game before T20 World Cup
After clashing on the cricket field on 16 June in the 2019 World Cup, now India and Pakistan will continue their rivalry in the U19 circuit. There is no bilateral ties between the two rivals because of the soured relations between the two countries. India-Pakistan teams now play most matches only in neutral places, that too in any major ICC tournament or ACC tournament.
The bilateral ties between the two nations has been suspended ever since the 2008 Mumbai terror attack. However, Pakistan visited India for a short limited over series in 2013.
An India-Pakistan warm-up fixture at 2020 World T20 at stake
India and Pakistan have not been in the same group of T20 World Cup since 2012. According to a report published in Times of India, ICC is trying to host a warm up game between India and Pakistan before the start of the marquee tournament to create more hype and earn more with the soldout stadium and TV rights.
“Wonder who comes up with these brilliant ideas there? First, they went and brought out the schedule of the 2020 World T20 for almost two years in advance. And now, they want a warm-up game to create excitement,” sources told the Times of India.
With BCCI opposing the idea of playing Pakistan, it looks unlikely that the board will say yes to ICC about this decision. India and Pakistan last played a warm up game way back in 2009 T20 World Cup in England where men in blue under the leadership of MS Dhoni emerged victorious.