India and Pakistan only meet in ICC tournaments and have not played any bilateral cricket since January 2013 due to tense relations between the two nations.
- India and Pakistan last played in a bilateral Test series in the 2007-08 season
- The current World Test Championship format was lopsided and prolonged: Ramiz Raja
- India qualified for the World Test Championship final while Pakistan finished in 5th place
Former cricketer-turned-commentator Ramiz Raja criticised the International Cricket Council (ICC) for not having a series between arch-rivals India and Pakistan in the inaugural World Test Championship calendar.
The WTC tournament, which began in August last year, saw India playing 17 Tests in 6 series while Pakistan played 12 matches in the same number of series.
But both teams only meet in ICC tournaments and have not played any bilateral cricket since January 2013 due to tense relations between the two nations. The last time they played in a bilateral Test series was way back in the 2007-08 season.
Efforts to hold bilateral series in the past have not yielded the desired results, depriving fans of one of the greatest rivalries in the sport. Raja also expressed his disappointment and slammed the WTC schedule for being “lopsided and prolonged”.
“The current format was lopsided and prolonged and it made no sense not having India and Pakistan series. Teams didn’t play the same number of matches and even the points system was weird. There should have been a 3-month window and everyone should have played against each other,” Raja said on his YouTube channel.
“Next time when the WTC is held no cricket should be held at that time, if you want to promote Test cricket and infuse life into it and also attract sponsors to this format. Sponsorship will only come when you will not give sponsors any other option to park their money,” he added.
India was the most successful team in the tournament with 5 series victories – 12 Test wins, 4 losses and 1 draw. Pakistan on the other hand, finished in 5th place with 3 series triumphs – 4 Test wins, 5 losses and 3 draws.
India qualified for the WTC final after beating England in the 4-match series 3-1 earlier this month. India will face New Zealand in the WTC final at Lord’s in June.