Australia to host Tri-Series with India and Pakistan? Nick Hockley reveals massive plan

Check out what Cricket Australia chief Nick Hockley said about hosting the India vs Pakistan series after showing interest in playing a tri-series only on sports.info

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Cricket Australia CEO has expressed a huge interest in hosting India and Pakistan in a tri-series. The Australians for a long time haven’t hosted a Tri-Series which was a huge staple of their cricketing summer. The last time India and Pakistan played a tri-series in Australia was in early 2000. 

Nick Hockley in a statement released by Cricket Australia said “India and Pakistan are traditional rivals, there is a lot of excitement for their matches”. The two sides last played in Australia during the 2022 T20 World Cup which was won by India thanks to Virat Kohli scoring 82 runs. 

The two sides had met during the T20 World Cup on 9th June in New York. India won the contest by 6 runs as Pakistan failed to chase the 120-run target on the board. Eventually, India went on to win the title without losing a match. 

Nick Hockley closes chances of bilateral cricket with Afghanistan 

The CEO of Cricket Australia has stated that he will not give his go-ahead to a series against Afghanistan. Nick Hockley in a statement said “They [Afghanistan] had a fantastic tournament with phenomenal players, and they played with great passion and spirit,"

Nick Hockley also said “Regarding our bilateral matches, we have consulted extensively with stakeholders, including the Australian government, and chose to postpone our last couple of series with Afghanistan Cricket Board on human-rights grounds”

This didn’t mean that Nick Hockley has closed the door on a future series against Afghanistan. “We maintain a close relationship and regular dialogue with the Afghanistan Cricket Board and want to see cricket thrive worldwide for both men and women. We hope for a level of progress, and continue to discuss and maintain contact with the Afghanistan Cricket Board, aiming to resume bilateral cricket against Afghanistan at some point in the future” remarked Nick Hockley

Finally, the CA’s chief said “We understand that the Afghanistan women based in Australia have written to the ICC. That's a matter for the ICC to consider. We have meetings coming up in Colombo in July, and I'm sure it will be a topic of conversation. The Afghan women residing in Australia are engaged with the cricketing community, and they're receiving excellent support from across the community. But it's not something we were directly involved in."

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