India beat Pakistan in the recent T20 World Cup 2016 © AFP
India beat Pakistan in the recent T20 World Cup 2016 © AFP

In one of the most shocking revelation in history of cricket, International Cricket Council has admitted to fixing IndiaPakistan matches in the ICC tournaments. The draws for the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy were released yesterday, and it created waves around the cricketing world. Defending champions India are set to play their first game against Pakistan. These two sides also met in the T20 World Cup 2016, ICC World Cup 2015, T20 World Cup 2014, T20 World Cup 2012 and ICC World Cup 2011. The Champions Trophy is set to held in England. Last time, India won the trophy beating the hosts in the final. ALSO READ: Champions Trophy 2017: India’s 1st match against Pak

According to Telegraph, Dave Richardson admitted to doing so in order to get crowd attraction. “No doubt we want to try to put India versus Pakistan in our event,” said ICC chief executive Dave Richardson. “It’s hugely important from an ICC point of view. It’s massive around the world and the fans have come to expect it as well. It’s fantastic for the tournament because it gives it a massive kick.” ALSO READ: ICC announce groups for ICC Champions Trophy 2017

Pakistan, who were 8th in ODI rankings when the cut was made, will be alongside India, South Africa and Sri Lanka in the group. The groups for the Champions trophy was made according to their rankings. The even number teams were placed in the same group and the odd number teams in the other.

The ICC CEO though denied any negative impact of this call. “What we try and do is make sure that when you add up the rankings of the different groups, they all add up to the same number of points. You can do that in a number of ways. So long as the pools are balanced, it’s silly to avoid [the fixture] when you can fairly cater for it.”