A cricket match between India and Pakistan will be the “dignification” of the “greatest sporting event in the world”, the BCCI has said, with a stadium set to be built in Pakistan’s western city of Fremont.
India, which defeated Pakistan 2-0 in a one-day international at the Bishan Stadium on Monday, have won all four Tests between the two countries this year.
The match, which will be played in the first week of November, will feature Indian bowlers in a “dilapidated” match-day squad.
“The match will be an event of international significance.
It will be dignified and it will be one of the greatest sporting events in the whole world,” BCCI president Amitabh Choudhary said on Tuesday, adding that the BCCIC was looking at a “very, very large” stadium.
In a press conference following the match, Choudhar said the tournament would “be the biggest ever cricket tournament”.
“India have won the biggest cricket tournament in the history of the world.
The game has changed in India,” Choudhari said.
Choudhari added that the “most popular sport in the country” would be “a sport that will be of the highest priority” and that the match was expected to attract “several million people”.
“It’s going to be a great game and we have to do everything possible to get it to be one,” he added.
Pakistan’s captain, Misbah-ul-Haq, said the match would be a “huge success”.
“The stadium in Fremont is a magnificent venue, and we are very excited,” he said.
“I am happy to welcome India and the players to Pakistan for the first time.
We have a wonderful team, and it’s going be an exciting atmosphere.
We will try to play our best.”
Pakistan were eliminated from the World Cup in the semi-finals of the tournament last year, after being beaten 2-1 by Sri Lanka.
Meanwhile, Chaudhary announced the match’s date for its first match, and said it would be played at a venue of “national significance”.
He said it was “highly likely” the match could be played between “the two great sporting nations”, though he added that he did not know whether the “major” venues would be set up for the match.
Indian Premier League (IPL) chief Amit Shah also said the “match” would “provide a great occasion for the fans and the cricketing community in Pakistan”.
In its press release, the BCCIO said the venue “will be a large, open, comfortable and spacious venue that will make it a truly iconic venue”.
“It is an iconic venue that the entire cricketing world will remember and will cherish,” it added.