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Cricket Australia backs bid to hold historic India-Pakistan Test at the MCG

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Cricket Australia backs bid to hold historic India-Pakistan Test at the MCG

Cricket Australia is backing a bid to hold a historic India-Pakistan Test at the MCG after more than 90,000 fans packed the stadium and created an electric atmosphere in the T20 World Cup clash

  • The MCG hosted India’s clash against Pakistan in the T20 World Cup in October
  • More than 90,000 Indian and Pakistani fans packed the famous Melbourne venue
  • The Melbourne Cricket Club hopes to host a Test between the two countries
  • India and Pakistan have not played in Test cricket since 2007
  • The two countries have not played a bilateral series since 2012 due to political unrest
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Cricket Australia has backed the Melbourne Cricket Club’s call for a historic Test match between India and Pakistan to be played at the MCG.

The MCC has formally lobbied CA about hosting the arch-rivals in what will be their first red-ball match in 15 years, but admit the situation is ‘complicated’.

India and Pakistan’s pulsating Twenty20 World Cup clash on the ground in October, played in front of 90,293 fans, fueled hunger for more games between the countries.

The MCG is hoping to host a Test match between India and Pakistan in the near future

The MCG is hoping to host a Test match between India and Pakistan in the near future

Their rivalry has been limited to major tournaments in the modern era, having not played each other in a bilateral series since 2012 due to ongoing political tensions between the countries.

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The last Test match between India and Pakistan was in December 2007.

MCC boss Stuart Fox says he is ‘absolutely’ keen to welcome India and Pakistan after the breakthrough of their recent meeting at the MCG.

‘The atmosphere for that game, I’ve never felt anything like it,’ Fox told SEN.

Around 90,000 fans gathered at the MCG for the clash between India and Pakistan in the group stages of the T20 World Cup in October

Around 90,000 fans gathered at the MCG for the clash between India and Pakistan in the group stages of the T20 World Cup in October

India and Pakistan made for an incredible atmosphere, widely recognized as the best in the entire T20 World Cup

India and Pakistan made for an incredible atmosphere, widely recognized as the best in the entire T20 World Cup

MCC boss Stuart Fox says he 'absolutely' wants to welcome India and Pakistan fans

MCC boss Stuart Fox says he ‘absolutely’ wants to welcome India and Pakistan fans

‘The noise after every ball was amazing.

‘Three [games] in a row would be great at the MCG, you’ll fill it every time.

‘Wouldn’t it be great if it wasn’t just Australia-centric and Victoria-centric, and that we are catering for all countries and fill the stadium.

‘[However] it’s complicated.

India and Pakistan have not played each other in a bilateral series since 2012 due to ongoing political tensions, but have faced each other in major tournaments

India and Pakistan have not played each other in a bilateral series since 2012 due to ongoing political tensions, but have faced each other in major tournaments

‘Hopefully Cricket Australia will continue to accept this at the ICC (International Cricket Council) and continue to push it.’

CA is willing to bring India and Pakistan to Australia for a bilateral series as long as the countries agree to it.

‘It is up to the two countries to agree, but if there is a Test between India and Pakistan on neutral territory, of course we would be interested in the opportunity to host it in Australia,’ a CA spokesperson told AAP.

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‘The supporters of both teams here for the World Cup are amazing and most of the fans live in Australia.’

The last Test match between India and Pakistan was in December 2007

The last Test match between India and Pakistan was in December 2007

Pakistan are set to play at the MCG in next year’s Boxing Day Test, with Fox saying Australia need to engage better with multicultural fans.

‘I want to shoot 91,000 [spectators next December],’ said Fox.

‘We like them [Pakistan fans] here and it will be incredible to have a full day on the first day.’

Ahead of the World Cup match, India legend Ravi Shastri told AAP that 150,000 people would attend a game between the famous rivals if capacity allowed.