India, Pakistan not playing Test cricket is ‘great shame’: Michael Atherton


Southampton: Former England captain Michael Atherton believes that Pakistan and India not playing Test cricket is a “great shame” for the sport. He thinks it is also one major series that will give the elite format a major uplift.

While talking to Sky Sports Cricket, Atherton along with former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram during rain break on Day 4 of EngvPak second Test said that the possibility of both the teams playing outside of international tournaments are also very less.

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“I think the chances of India and Pakistan playing each other outside of ICC tournaments, even at a neutral venue, are minimal at the moment,” he said.

“They seem as far apart as ever from playing each other which is a great shame because it would be the one thing that would give Test cricket a massive boost,” he added.

It must be noted that Pakistan and India last played a Test series in 2007 in India. Both the teams also last played a bilateral series in 2013, comprising of two T20Is and three ODIs.

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