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Pakistan-India Test series overseas will be ‘awesome’: Rohit Sharma

By Reuters
April 19, 2024
Indias captain Rohit Sharma speaks during a press conference at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy on September 1, 2023, on the eve of their Asia Cup match against Pakistan. — AFP
India's captain Rohit Sharma speaks during a press conference at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy on September 1, 2023, on the eve of their Asia Cup match against Pakistan. — AFP

MUMBAI: India captain Rohit Sharma has said it will be “awesome” to play against Pakistan in a Test series overseas. In a chat with Club Prairie Fire podcast, co-hosted by Adam Gilchrist and Michael Vaughan, Rohit said he would “love” India and Pakistan to resume playing bilateral cricket on a regular basis, something that has been put on hold since Misbah-ul-Haq’s team crossed the border to play a three-match ODI series in 2012-13.

“I totally believe that,” Rohit responded to Vaughan’s question on whether for the sake of the health of Test cricket it would be beneficial for both India and Pakistan to play overseas, considering the chances of playing in either country remain uncertain due to the political stasis, which has lasted for close to two decades.

Since Pakistan toured India in 2007, a series Rohit still remembers, both teams have not played a complete bilateral series involving Tests and white-ball cricket. Rohit said Pakistan are a “good” Test team with a strong bowling unit, which India would be keen to be pitted against. “They’re a good team.

They have got a superb bowling line-up. So it’ll be a good contest especially if you play overseas conditions. That’ll be awesome.” There have been several attempts made by administrators from both boards to resume bilateral cricket, including playing overseas in neighbouring countries like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and the UAE.