The Cricket Board of India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah had made a statement in October that India would not be able to travel to Pakistan for the Asia Cup next year and that the tournament could be played at a neutral venue. Apart from being the secretary of the BCCI, Jai Shah is also the president of the Asian Cricket Council, in such a situation, the Pakistan Cricket Board was angry with his statement. Although almost a month later, PCB chief Rameez Raja has given his sharp reaction on this matter.
BCCI Secretary Jay Shah said during the Board’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) that whether the Asia Cup 2023 will be held in Pakistan or not, a decision can be taken in the coming times. Jai Shah said, “The decision regarding India’s permission to go to Pakistan is in the hands of the government, but regarding the venue of the Asia Cup, we have decided that Team India will not go to Pakistan.”
This issue is going to get hotter between India and Pakistan. Because according to FTP, Pakistan is also to host the Champions Trophy in 2025. The Champions Trophy will be the first ICC event to be held in Pakistan since the return of international cricket following the 2009 terror attacks in Pakistan.
Pakistan Cricket Board President Rameez Raja while talking to Urdu News has clearly said that if the Rohit Sharma-led team does not come to Pakistan for the Asia Cup, then Babar Azam’s team will not come to India to play the World Cup next year. Will go
Rameez Raja said, “If Pakistan does not participate in the upcoming World Cup to be held in India, then who will watch it?” Our stand on this matter is clear, if the Indian team comes here (Pakistan) then we will go for the World Cup. If he doesn’t come, he can play the World Cup without us. We will take an aggressive stand on this. Our team is doing well. I have always said that we need to improve the economy of Pakistan cricket and that can only happen if we do well. We defeated India in the 2021 T20 World Cup. We beat India in the T20 Asia Cup. In one year, the Pakistan cricket team defeated a team with a billion dollar economy twice.
Earlier, reacting first to Shah’s statement, the PCB had said such statements could divide the Asian and international cricket communities and also affect Pakistan’s tour of India for the 2023 World Cup.