India-Australia ties in T20 cricket mode: PM Modi in Sydney
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi used cricket diplomacy to explain the deepening ties between India and Australia, and said, "Our ties have entered the T20 mode!"
"I am visiting Australia within 2 months of the visit of my friend Prime Minister Albanese to India. This is our sixth meeting in the last one year. This reflects the depth of our comprehensive relations, convergence in our views and maturity of our ties. In the language of cricket, our ties have entered the T20 mode," said PM Modi in a joint press briefing with Australian PM Anthony Albanese.
He also invited PM Albanese to the cricket World Cup in India, adding, '"You will get to see the grand Diwali celebration."
The upcoming 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup, which will be hosted by India for the first time in its entirety, is likely to start on October 5 and will end on November 19, with the final scheduled to be at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, which is the world's largest cricket stadium.
Prime Ministers Albanese Modi met in Sydney on May 24 for bilateral discussions that deepened the friendship between the two nations.
The Australia-India relationship is already strong, but both saw the potential for growth and an opportunity for a better future.
The meeting is built on the outcomes from the Australia-India Annual Leaders' Summit in March and reinforced their commitment to an open, prosperous and secure Indo-Pacific. The leaders discussed the strength of the bilateral trade, investment and business relationship and reiterated their shared ambition for an early conclusion of the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement.