After successfully organising the showpiece T20 World Cup showdown between India and Pakistan earlier this year, the Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) has indicated interest in hosting a Test match between archrivals India and Pakistan. The match would take place between India and Pakistan.
The Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC), which is responsible for managing the Melbourne Cricket Ground, as well as the government of Victoria have recently contacted Cricket Australia (CA) to ask about the prospect of hosting the high-profile test match.
After the remarkable success of the T20 World Cup duel in October, which was attended by over 90,000 fans, MCC chief executive Stuart Fox has disclosed his ambitions to host the Test. This comes as a direct result of the tremendous success of the match.
Absolutely. At the MCG, it would be wonderful to see three (Tests) in a row. You would do that each and every time. According to SEN radio, Fox was cited as adding that “we have asked.”
“We’ve brought that to the attention of Cricket Australia. I am aware that the government of Victoria has also done so. Again, from what I can see, it’s an immensely involved process that’s taking place amidst an extremely hectic timetable. Consequently, I believe that this presents the more difficult challenge.
“Wouldn’t it be amazing that it wasn’t only Australia-centric and Victoria-centric, that we’re catering for all the countries, and that the stadium is always filled to capacity? Therefore, we have questioned.” Fox stated that the responsibility to pursue the matter with the ICC now lies with CA.
“It is my hope that Cricket Australia will continue to bring it up with the ICC and continue to press for it. He remarked that it would be much better to have a full house and that mood and celebrating the game with full homes. “When you do see some of the stadiums around the world unfilled, I think it would be much better to have a full house and that atmosphere.”
It was all the way back in 2007 when India and Pakistan competed against each other in their most recent bilateral test match. Since then, the only time these two teams have competed against one another was in a tournament organised by either the ICC or the Asian Cricket Council.
The Boxing Day Test between Pakistan and Australia is planned to take place at the MCG in 2023 as part of a three-match series in the next World Test Championship cycle. Fox is hoping for a packed house in that match, similar to the one that took place during the India-Pakistan T20 World Cup.
Fox stated, “I’ve never seen anything like it in the MCG, the India-Pakistan game was something else.” He added, “I’ve never seen anything like it at any other stadium.”
“The ambiance was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before. The noise level after each ball was incredible, and it was clear that the families, children, and other spectators were having a great time.
“I think if we can be more inclusive and make sure that we cater for all cultures, we have got to tap into that Pakistan population next year. We also need to make sure that we accommodate for all cultures. We want them to be here, and I think it would be amazing to have a packed house right from the start,” he continued.