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English Stadiums Express Interest in Hosting India-Pakistan Bilateral Test Cricket

India and Pakistan last played a Test match in the 2007/08 season, and their last bilateral white-ball series was in 2012/13.

Several stadiums in England have shown interest in hosting bilateral Test cricket matches between India and Pakistan, as reported by The Telegraph on Monday.

Iconic venues like Lord’s, The Oval, and Edgbaston have expressed their interest in hosting matches between the fierce rivals.

Representatives from Lord’s, as well as the counties of Surrey and Warwickshire, informed the publication about their willingness to serve as hosts for the India-Pakistan matches.

Both Surrey's chief executive, Steve Elworthy, and Warwickshire's chief executive, Stuart Cain, have voiced their support for hosting the matches at their respective grounds.

The suggestion to host matches in England arose after India's captain, Rohit Sharma, expressed his excitement about the prospect of playing against Pakistan in a Test match hosted by a neutral country.

Rohit said during an interview with the Club Prairie Fire podcast.

“It’ll be a good contest, especially if you play overseas conditions. They’re [Pakistan] a good team. They have a superb bowling lineup… At the end of the day, we want to be in a contest, and I think it will be a great contest between the two sides." 

He emphasized that for him, it's about pure cricket and the game between bat and ball, expressing his desire for a competitive match against Pakistan.

Currently, they only face each other in events like the Asia Cup and global tournaments, owing to political tensions between the two nations.

The Indian government does not endorse bilateral matches against Pakistan due to significant political tensions between the two nations.

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