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Pakistan-India Test Cricket: An ‘Awesome’ Prospect, Says Rohit Sharma

Indian cricket team captain, Rohit Sharma, has recently expressed his support for the resumption of Test cricket matches between Pakistan and India. In a conversation with former cricket captains Adam Gilchrist of Australia and Michael Vaughan of England on a YouTube chat show, Sharma described the prospect of such matches as "awesome".

Pakistan and India, two nations with a history of political tension and three wars since their partition in 1947, have not faced each other in a Test match since 2007. Their cricket teams have only occasionally played in shorter versions of the game, usually on neutral territory during international tournaments.

Sharma’s comments come at a time when the cricketing world is eagerly anticipating the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 match between Pakistan and India in New York on June 9. The Indian captain believes that a bilateral Test series against Pakistan would not only be a great contest but also beneficial for the five-day game.

“They are a good team, superb bowling line-up, good contest. Especially if you play in overseas conditions, that will be awesome,” Sharma said. He further added, "I would love to. It would be a great contest between two sides… so why not?".

Australia has expressed its willingness to host a series between the rivals. However, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has maintained that any decision on bilateral cricket with Pakistan will hinge on approval from the government.

The last time Pakistan and India faced each other on either side’s soil in a bilateral series was in 2012. India refused to travel to Pakistan for the white-ball Asia Cup last year, prompting part of the tournament to be staged in Sri Lanka.

Despite the political tensions, the cricket rivalry between Pakistan and India is one of the most intense and historic in the world of sports. This rivalry, often compared to the Ashes Test rivalry between England and Australia, has its roots in the political history of the two nations.

Sharma’s comments have sparked a conversation among cricket fans and experts about the possibility and impact of resuming Test cricket between the two nations. While the decision ultimately lies in the hands of the respective cricket boards and governments, the prospect of a Pakistan-India Test series certainly adds an exciting dimension to the future of international cricket.

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