Indian Cricket Team Gets Cash Award For Winning Series Against Australia

Smith's tone was more conciliatory as the Australia skipper apologised for his outburst after his team's eight-wicket defeat at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium.

"I like taking responsibility; every game that I play for India is an opportunity to do something special with my skills". The two teams have in recent times only met at ICC events and Asia Cup games.

Australia wasn't expected to be competitive in India, and the cricket fans who have followed the series believe the rivalry - not rancour - will be what endures.

As New Zealand versus South Africa series was the last series to finish before the April 1 annual cut-off, South Africa's number-two ranking has won it an award of five lakh dollars, while Australia has collected two lakh dollars.

The series victory also meant that India now hold Test titles against all other teams, a feat previously matched only by Australia (twice) and South Africa.

An overhauled side gained a consolation win against the Proteas in a day-nighter at Adelaide Oval to lose the series 2-1 and then hammered visiting Pakistan 3-0.

Back in 2016, BCCI wanted to host Pakistan in a series but failed to get government clearance due to the tensions between both the countries.

The bilateral series is expected to be held in September-November 2017.

"We will start legal consultations soon over the matter as the BOG has today given approval".

"The International Cricket Council (ICC) is witness to this MOU".

On the bowling front, one expected Ravichandran Ashwin would be Australia's tormenter-in-chief; the off-spinner was the top-ranked bowler in the world and possibly at the peak of his bowling form heading into the series. "Since we've already toured Bangladesh, and they refused to tour Pakistan in 2015 on security grounds, we might ask for compensation if they want us to tour again", said Shaharyar.

The PCB had claimed that India owes it two home series which translates into millions of dollars for Pakistan cricket. "They deserve a lot of credit for showing fight in this series".

If given green signal, the series will be the first bilateral series between India and Pakistan since 2012.

The tournament will be played under the banner of Asian Cricket Committee and is scheduled to take place between March 15 to 26. Brushing the criticism aside, Kohli said he hardly cares for what was spoken or written about him Down Under.

But no action was taken by the ICC as the BCCI had played the government-intervention card.

  • Lila Blake