India and Pakistan do not play in bilateral series due to political tension. Even Pakistan players are not allowed to feature in the Indian Premier League.
The ICC tournaments and Asia Cup see these arch-rivals compete against each other in international cricket. According to Forbes, Virat Kohli, Babar Azam, Shaheen Afridi, and Jasprit Bumrah are likely to play for the same team as part of a reboot of the Afro-Asia Cup earmarked for mid-2023.
The Afro-Asia Cup was played in 2005 and 2007 before the broadcast, and political issues impacting it.
In the mid-2000s, the Asian XI featured Pakistan stars Shoaib Akhtar and Shahid Afridi playing with Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid.
The Africa XI had players from South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Kenya. The updated version will be played in the T20 format between June-July next year.
“We plan to include the best players from both countries. Once everything is finalized, we will go into the market for sponsorship and a broadcaster. It will be a massive event. Really, really big,” ACC head of commercial and events Prabhakaran Thanraj told Forbes.