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Australia open to host cricket series with Pakistan & India

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RAWALPINDI: Cricket Australia chief Nick Hockley said Australia will be open to hosting a series with Pakistan and India, saying the country will be happy to provide a platform to resume the rivalry between the arch-rivals.

A big expatriate community presence from both India and Pakistan in Australia will provide them with a great platform to tap into the market for one of the much-anticipated contests in world cricket, Hockley added

India and Pakistan have not been playing bilateral cricket for nearly a decade due to cross-border tensions but Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief recently said he would propose the 4-national tournament, involving India, Pakistan, Australia and England, to the ICC and said the profits from such a tournament can be shared on percentage basis with all ICC members.

India and Pakistan have been meeting only in major ICC tournaments. India will play Pakistan in the opening match of T20 World Cup 2022. Notably, the two teams had begun their campaigns at last year’s World Cup against each other.

Cricket Australia Chief Executive Hockley said his board had not discussed the proposal but would be open to hosting Pakistan and India in a tri-series.

“Personally, I really like the tri-series concept. It’s worked well in the past,” Hockley told reporters.

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