WATCH: Crowd chants “Pakistan Murdabad” during Day 1 of India vs New Zealand Kanpur Test

Pakistan and India have not played bilateral cricket against each other since 2012 due to the strained relations between the two countries.

Saurabh Ganguly Author

Updated - 25 November 2021 5:57 pm

After the conclusion of the T20I series between India and New Zealand, the two-match Test series between the two countries began on Thursday. The series also witnessed the return of fans to the stadium after a dreaded Coronavirus pandemic which had made that a distant dream. However, as fans were present at the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur for the opening day of the first Test match, a section of the crowd was heard chanting "Pakistan Murdabad" slogans.

This was clearly caught on the microphones after India had opted to bat first after winning the toss and the new-look opening pair of Mayank Agarwal and Shubman Gill were seeing off the new ball. The act was captured on the microphones during the sixth over of the innings itself even as others were harmlessly watching Test cricket between India and New Zealand.

Here is the video:

Notably, Pakistan and India have not played bilateral cricket against each other since 2012 due to the tensed political relations between the two countries and have ever since met only in ICC events. Although the Men in Blue were 12-0 up in clashes against Pakistan in the limited-overs World Cups before their T20 World Cup 2021 meet, it was the Babar Azam-led side who outplayed India in the high-voltage game on October 24.

Pakistan later went on to put up a spirited show as they had a fine run-up until the semifinal where they also looked dominant for vast passages of play before falling short in the end. The defeat against Pakistan followed by a loss to New Zealand meant even a win in each of their remaining three matches meant Virat Kohli & Co could not progress to the semis.

Meanwhile, the chairman of the Dubai Cricket Council Abdul Rahman Falaknaz offered to host more India-Pakistan matches in the future after the World Cup was successfully held in Dubai.

"The best thing would be to get India-Pakistan matches here. When Sharjah used to host India and Pakistan all those years ago, it was like a war. But it was a good war, it was a sporting war and it was fantastic," said Falaknaz, as quoted in Khaleej Times.