Dubai Cricket Council offers to host India, Pakistan bilateral series

Dubai Cricket council extends offer to host bilateral cricket series between India and Pakistan in future

By Web Desk
November 24, 2021
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The Dubai Cricket council has extended its offer to host a bilateral cricket series between arch-rivals India and Pakistan in future.

Both nations last played a bilateral series back in 2012-13 and only play each other in ICC events. 

"The best thing to do here is to have a match between India and Pakistan. When India and Pakistan matches were held in Sharjah a few years ago, it was a war. It used to be like this. But the war it used to be, it used to be good, it was unparalleled and it was great from a sporting point of view," Dubai Cricket Council Chairman Abdul Rahman Falaknaz told Khaleej Times.

He said: "I remember Raj Kapoor [Bollywood actor] came once with his family. During awards night, he took the mic and said, 'how wonderful it is to have these India-Pakistan battles in Sharjah. Cricket brings people together, cricket has brought us together and let us remain this way'."

"So this is what we would like to do. If we can convince India to come and play here against Pakistan once a year or twice a year, it would be fantastic," he added.

Meanwhile, he invited BCCI to regularly arrange Indian Premier League (IPL) matches in Dubai, adding that UAE has successfully hosted the league in the past two years.

He said: "It all depends on BCCI to decide what they want to do. We are very friendly with them. They have seen our potential. I would invite them to come and hold their IPL, start here and finish in India or start in India and finish in Dubai." 

"And they have been looked after so well that they are very happy with us. I think we can still help and do what we can for cricket, as much as our friends want us to do, we will do it."