Cricket Australia eager to hold Indo-Pak bilateral series:Nick Hockley

Photo- Azhar Niaz, Melbourne.

Indian & Pakistani teams to spice up Australia’s 2024-25 Cricket season

MELBOURNE, 27 March 2024: Indian and Pakistani cricket teams among others are to visit Australia this summer, triggering excitement among South Asian fans across the country. With cricket being a popular sport in the subcontinent, naturally the Diaspora is full of cricket fans. They have the electric memories of the last India-Pakistan T-20WC  match at the MCG on 23 October, 2022.

South Asian fans are eager for another such match or matches, for which Cricket Australia is ready to help. But this may not happen during the coming summer. Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley told a media conference at the MCG today that he valued relations with India and Pakistan and was ready to help organise a India-Pakistan bilateral series here, but for that the BCCI and PCB have to agree and decide.

Fans from India, Pakistan (from Australia and England also) carrying their flags were present to give the media event a subcontinent flavour. Four Dhol (Punjabi traditional double-sided barrel drum) players led by Sartaj, reverberated the drum sound across the vast MCG grounds. It was a sign of things to come during the series.

The 2024-2025 Cricket season (see schedule below), Nick Hockley said, is going to be a  a ‘blockbuster summer’. The very best cricket players, he said, will be there and ‘”we value our relations with all our members”, he said.

2024-25 SUMMER OF INTERNATIONAL CRICKET  

CommBank Women’s T20I Series v New Zealand   
19 September: Great Barrier Reef Arena, Mackay (N)
22 September:  Great Barrier Reef Arena, Mackay (N)
24 September: Allan Border Field, Brisbane (N)

CommBank Women’s ODI Series v India 
5 December: Allan Border Field, Brisbane (D/N)
8 December: Allan Border Field, Brisbane (D)
11 December: WACA Ground, Perth (D/N)

CommBank Women’s Ashes ODI Series

12 January: North Sydney Oval, Sydney (D)
14 January: Junction Oval, Melbourne (D)
17 January: Bellerive Oval, Hobart (D)

CommBank Women’s Ashes T20I Series
20 January: SCG, Sydney (N)
23 January: Manuka Oval, Canberra (N)
25 January: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide (N)

CommBank Women’s Ashes Test Match 
30 January-2 February: MCG, Melbourne (D/N)

Dettol Men’s ODI Series v Pakistan 
4 November: MCG, Melbourne (D/N)
8 November: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide (D/N)
10 November: Perth Stadium, Perth (D/N)

Dettol Men’s T20I Series v Pakistan 
14 November: The Gabba, Brisbane (N)
16 November: SCG, Sydney (N)
18 November: Bellerive Oval, Hobart (N)

NRMA Insurance Men’s Test Series v India 
22-26 November: Perth Stadium, Perth

6-10 December: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide (D/N)

14-18 December: The Gabba, Brisbane
26-30 December: MCG, Melbourne
3-7 January: SCG, Sydney

By Neeraj Nanda

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