India-Pakistan cricket rivalry

The India–Pakistan cricket contention is one of the foremost intense sports competitions within the world.

The tense relations between the two countries, coming about from sharp discretionary connections and strife that begun amid the Segment of British India into India and Pakistan in 1947, the Indo-Pakistani Wars, and the Kashmir strife. This issue laid the establishments for the rise of an strongly wearing rivalry between the two countries who had shared a common cricketing legacy. Pakistan became the member of International cricket conference in 1948 and became a permanent member in 1952 and the same year Pakistan and India played their first match in 1952 when pakistan toured India. Pakistan lost their first match to india in delhi and won the second match in Lucknow which led to the angry reaction from Indian cricket fans but India won the third match in Bombay known as Mumbai now and won the series 2-1. In 1955 India toured Pakistan and government and Pakistan granted thousands of visas to indian citizens so they can witness the test match between the rivals. No cricket was played between Ind-Pak between 1962-1977 due to two crucial wars and 1999 Kargil war. in 2008 there were terrorist attacks in mumbai which interrupted cricketing ties between both countries. as the conflicts grew between both nations the ICC decided to shift all their matches to neutral venues including UAE, Canada, both countries hosted bilateral and multilateral series between Ind-Pak

In 1978 Both the Indian and Pakistani heads of government tried to normalize their bilateral relations, after this president of Pakistan Zia ul Haq was invited to witness Indo-Pak test series in the Indian city of Jaipur. Pakistan again toured India in 1979 but India’s tour to Pakistan was cancelled mid-way in 1984 due to the assassination of Indian PM Indira Gandhi.

In late 1980s and for most of the 1990 India and Pakistan played cricket at neutral venues like Sharjah (UAE) and Toronto (Canada). The rise of international competitions like Cricket World Cup, ICC T20 World Cup, ICC Champions Trophy, the Austral-Asia Cup and the Asia Cup led to more regular, challenges between the both nations. in 1999 Indian pm Atal bihari vajpayee visited pakistan and after that things become bit normal and Pakistan toured India again for couple of test matches and one day internationals.

The Kargil War caused pressures between the both nations and sadly cricket was once again suspended.

Vajpayee’s peace activity of 2003 driven to India visiting Pakistan after a gap of almost 15 years. Successive tours were held in 2005 and 2006 . In 2008, Mumbai terror attacks once again resulted the suspension of India’s arranged visit of Pakistan in 2009 and all future engagements in Pakistan. Since then India has denied to play any sort of cricket series with pakistan, not even on neutral venues.

later a sad and condemnable incident happened with Sri Lanka national cricket team in Lahore that affected international cricket in Pakistan for over a decade and Pakistan was removed as a co-host of cricket world cup 2011. In the same event Pakistan and India qualifed for the semifinals and that too against each other and Government of India invited PM of Pakistan yousaf raza Gillani to watch the match with his equivalent PM Manmohan Singh.

Bilateral ties were finally resumed and BCCI invited pakistan cricket team to tour India for three ODIs and two T20Is in December 2012. In June 2014, the Pakistan Cricket Board declared an understanding had been come to play six bilateral series across eight years.

After long arrangements, including offers and counter-offers on the venues and scheduling of the first three series in 2015 but BCCI and PCB were unable to reach an agreement. later in 2017 BCCI stated that they’d need an approval from the government of India before the bilateral series could take a start. bit as expected the Indian government again politicized cricket and there was no further progess despite the meeting between both members of their board in Dubai.

They faced each other in test cricket and limited overs series. Many tours between both of the teams were cancelled or aborted due to political issues and most of the times India played dirty politics on cricket with pakistan. Many times people of different groups in India did protests and demanded the BCCI to cancel the cricketing ties with pakistan including ICC competitions but as per the rules of the ICC they faced each other.

Tickets for matches in which the both teams play each other at international competitions are in tall request, with over 800,000 applications for tickets were made for the 2019 World cup match between the rivals. both teams commonly face intense pressure to win their matches because they fear the public reaction if they lose the match and sometimes the situation becomes too intense for the losing team that their fans burn their statues and many reports suggest that people also break their televisions.

The matches between the two rivals also offered opportunities for cricket diplomacy as a means to improve relations between the two countries by allowing the administration of the both states to trade visits of cricket lovers from the both nations to travel to the other to observe the matches.

•Pak-India head to head in test cricket

Pakistan and India played 59 test matches that resulted 9 victories for India and 12 for Pakistan and 38 matches were tied or had no result.

•Pak-India head to head in ODIs

Pakistan and India played 132 ODIs that resulted 55 victories for India and 74 for Pakistan and 4 matches were tied or had no result.

•Pak-India head to head in T20Is

Pakistan and India played 8 T20Is that resulted 6 victories for India and 1 for Pakistan and 1 match tied or had no result.

•Pak-Ind in both formats of ICC world cup ODIs and T20Is

Pak-India faced each other 12 times in both events and all of the matches fir in India’s favor and 1 match was tied/no result. It’s on record that pakistan never won a match against India in both format world cups.

•Pak-Ind in ICC champions trophy.

The rivals faced each other 5 times and Pakistan is ahead of India in this event with three victories including the humiliating defeat to India in ICC champions trophy 2017.

•Pak-Ind in Asia cup

Both teams played 13 matches and India won 7 and Pak won 5 matches and in Asia cup format only one match was played and it was in favor of india.

••Major tournaments wins

-ICC world cup: India 2 Pak 1

-ICC t20 world cup: India 1 Pak 1

-Asia cup: India 7 Pak 2

-Asian test championship: India 0 Pak 1

-Austral-asia cup: India 0 Pak 3

India vs Pakistan : Head to head; Pakistan won 86 matches and India won 70.

Many times Indian and Pakistani players had fights and heated arguments on the field.

Javed Miandad and Kiran More

Amir sohail vs venkatesh prasad

Shahid Afridi vs Gautam Gambhir and MS dhoni

Shoaib Akhtar vs Harbhajan Singh

ICC T20 world cup is about to start and the arch rivals will face each other on 24th October, 2021 in dubai

Since a long time, there have not been numerous matches played between India and Pakistan, hence, the World cup matches get that much more consideration because it may be a uncommon occasion these days.

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