Why India and Pakistan don’t play cricket?

India and Pakistan don’t play cricket due to political tensions between both countries. Both nations have lingering political issues that remain unresolved since the late 2000s. It has become so intense that India hasn’t travelled to Pakistan for a senior cricket tour for at least 15 years.

India also doesn’t host Pakistan in Tests and are not allowed to travel across the border for any official sporting activity. In this article, we will delve deeper into why India and Pakistan don’t play cricket, citing major reasons why both sides have had serious challenges at hosting bilateral and regional sporting events in the past.

Main Reason Why India Doesn’t Play Pakistan Often in Cricket

Both countries don’t play cricket since a terrorist attack was conducted on Indian soil by a group based in Pakistan. The deadly terror attack took place in Mumbai and claimed the lives of over 150 persons with more than 200 people sustaining injuries.

Since those attacks, India has ceased most political and diplomatic ties with their neighbours for over a decade citing security concerns. Sports between both countries have been hugely affected, with matches involving India and Pakistan usually taking place at neutral venues for non-ICC events.

Controversies Arising from the Issue

Blanket IPL ban of all Pakistan players

The aftermath of that terror attack prompted India’s cricket governing body to place a wide ban on all Pakistan cricketers from the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Restriction of Indian players from PSL

There is an unwritten rule among top Indian cricketers – never play in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) – Pakistan’s response to the IPL.

No regular tours

India doesn’t tour Pakistan for any bilateral or trilateral series since those attacks.

Hyper-charged games

Games involving both teams that must happen (ACC or ICC events) have been emotionally charged and usually controversial in recent times.

Asia Cup 2023 ‘hybrid’ model

India refused to play on Pakistani soil at the Asia Cup 2023, forcing their hosts to arrange venues for most games in Sri Lanka.

How Many Times Has India and Pakistan Played Cricket Since 2009

India and Pakistan have locked horns in ODIs on 18 occasions and in T20Is 10 times since 2009. The Men in Blue have 19 victories to their credit in both competitions compared to The Falcons’ 9 triumphs.

India vs Pakistan T20I Record

DecadeMatchesResult
IndiaPakistanNo result
2000s2101
2010s6510
2020s4220
Total12831

India vs Pakistan in T20Is has taken place on ten occasions since the Mumbai terror attacks. The Men in Blue have been quite dominant throughout this format against Pakistan, taking 8 victories compared to Pakistan’s 3 overall. One encounter between both teams in the 2010s ended with no result.

India vs Pakistan ODI Record

DecadeMatchesResult
IndiaPakistanNo result
1970s3120
1980s329194
1990s4617263
2000s4118221
2010s151040
2020s3201
Total13957739

India has played against Pakistan eighteen (18) times since the late 2000s after that harrowing terror attack in Mumbai. Both teams have locked horns in one-day cricket on 139 occasions overall, with Pakistan taking more victories on average than the Men in Blue.

Pakistan have recorded 73 victories compared to India’s 57 seven, with 9 games ending without a result. The last time both teams met in an ODI was at the ICC ODI World Cup 2023. India sealed victory in that encounter, increasing their tally against Pakistan in the decade to 2-0.  

IND vs PAK Test Record

DecadeMatchesResult
IndiaPakistanDrawn
1950s10217
1960s5005
1970s9225
1980s200416
1990s2110
2000s12435
2010s
2020s
Total5891138

India has not been active against Pakistan in bilateral Tests since the 2000s. Throughout the 2010s and up to early 2024, Pakistan has not hosted or taken part in any Test series involving India. Reasons for the absence of Test action between both sides lie in their reluctance to face each other outside ICC or ACC events.

Current political realities in both countries suggest that the 2020s could see no Test action between India and Pakistan. However, the Men in Green are ahead in Test wins, taking eleven (11) victories compared to India’s nine. Throughout the half-century of cricket action involving both sides, thirty-eight Test series draws are on record in games involving both teams, with the 1980s seeing at least twice more draws (16) than any other decade

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