The Secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Jay Shah, had said earlier last month that the Indian team would not travel to Pakistan for the Asia Cup due to be held in 2023, instead proposing to move the venue to the UAE relocate. Shah’s remark, who is also president of the Asian Cricket Council, infuriated PCB at the timing of the statement and the change of venue. PCB boss Ramiz Raja has now broken his silence on the matter, raising the issue with fiery remarks in a recent interview.
“A neutral venue for the Asia Cup is not unprecedented and we have decided not to go to Pakistan,” Shah said after the BCCI’s 91st Annual General Meeting in Mumbai last month. “It is the government that decides on allowing our team to visit Pakistan so we will not comment on that but for the 2023 Asian Cup it will be decided that the tournament will be held at a neutral venue.”
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In addition to next year’s Asia Cup, Pakistan is also set to host the Champions Trophy in 2025, according to FTP. Since international cricket returned to their country, the Champions Trophy will be the first ICC event scheduled in Pakistan.
Speaking to Urdu News, Ramiz fired shots at BCCI and the Indian team and clarified that Babar Azam’s men will not travel to India for the next World Cup if the Rohit Sharma-led side doesn’t come to Pakistan for the Asian Cup this year.
“If Pakistan doesn’t take part in the World Cup in India next year, who will be watching? We have a clear position: if the Indian team comes here, then we’ll go to the World Cup. If they don’t come, they can play the World Cup without us. We will take an aggressive approach. Our team shows performance. I have always said that we must improve the economy of Pakistani cricket and that can only happen if we perform well. At the 2021 T20 World Cup, we beat India. We beat India at the T20 Asia Cup. In one year, the Pakistani cricket team has twice defeated a $1 billion economic team,” he said.
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