England’s Michael Vaughan vouches for Pakistan vs India Test series

The arch-rivals last played a red-ball series in 2007

By Web Desk
April 21, 2024
Michael Vaughan (L) wants a Test series between Pakistan and India. — AFP

Former England captain Michael Vaughan vouched for a Test series between Pakistan and India saying it would be “great” for the game.

It is no doubt that Pakistan vs India is the biggest rivalry in cricket and the entire world watches when the two sides take on each other. While they have played against each other in the multi-nation tournaments over the years, a bilateral series has not taken place since 2013.

Vaughan, just like everyone, wants to see the two sides take on one another even if it is in a neutral venue.

"I firmly believe a Test series between India v Pakistan on a regular basis even if it has to be a neutral Venue would be great for the game. I hope people are trying to make this happen", he wrote on X, formerly Twitter.

Michael Vaughan wrote on X. — Screengrab

Vaughan’s statement came after Indian skipper Rohit Sharma revealed that he would love to face Pakistan’s “superb” bowling lineup in a red-ball series.

Vaughan, while speaking on the podcast Club Prairie Fire, had asked Rohit: “Don’t you think India playing Pakistan regularly will be fantastic for Test cricket?”

“I totally believe that! They are a good team,” Rohit replied. “They have got a superb bowling line-up. I think it would be a good contest, especially if you play in the overseas condition. That would be awesome.

“Last test match played between India and Pakistan was way back I think in 2006 or 2008 [2007], where Wasim Jaffar got a double hundred in Kolkata.”

Vaughan then asked Rohit: “Would you like to see a regular series with Pakistan?”

“I would love to. At the end of the day, we want to be in contest,” Rohit replied. “I think it will be a great contest between the two sides. We anyway play them in the ICC tournaments. So, it doesn’t even matter. I am only interested in pure cricket. I am not looking at anything else.

“It’s just pure cricket. A battle between bat and ball. It will be a great contest so why not.”

Remember, India and Pakistan last featured in a Test series back in 2007 when the Anil Kumble-led side won the three-match series 1-0.