Pakistan has recently threatened to boycott the 2023 fifty-over World Cup in India in response to Jay Shah’s remarks on the Asia Cup 2023 location and Team India’s participation. Since India-Pakistan rivalry is one of the most heated ones in cricket, exchange of comments and remarks often spark controversies between the both.
Before the Asia Cup 2023, the arch rivals will face each other at the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 on 23 October in Australia. Here’s how you can watch ICC T20 World Cup 2022 from anywhere in the world.
Jay Shah has said unequivocally that the Indian team would not be traveling to Pakistan, and it is anticipated that the ACC will look for a new location for the tournament.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) formally reacted to the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) on Wednesday after BCCI secretary Jay Shah said that the Asia Cup 2023, which Pakistan would host, will be moved to a neutral location.
Bilateral series against Pakistan or visiting the neighboring nation have been contentious subjects, with the BCCI requiring government consent before proceeding.
The PCB expressed alarm over Shah’s remarks, writing: “The PCB has noted with surprise and disappointment of yesterday’s comments made by the ACC President Mr Jay Shah with regards to shifting of next year’s Asia Cup to a neutral venue. The comments were made without any discussion or consultation with the Board of the Asian Cricket Council or the Pakistan Cricket Board (event host) and without any thoughts towards their long-term consequences and implications.”
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PCB chairman Ramiz Raja responded aggressively and demanded the Asian Cricket Council to convene a meeting to review the statements made by the BCCI secretary and president of the ACC.
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Danish Kaneria, a former Pakistan spinner, has questioned PCB’s tactics. He believes that if Pakistan refuses to play in India, Pakistan would be kicked out of international cricket.
“PCB should have waited because there was no statement from the Asian Cricket Council. Even what Jay Shah said came out through media. He was speaking as BCCI secretary and not the president of ACC,” said Kaneria.
“By issuing a statement, PCB has made their stance official which could back-fire in the end. If they decide to boycott the World Cup in India, Pakistan will not remain in international cricket,” he added.
The statements made by Shah came as a surprise, given that Pakistan has successfully welcomed cricket teams from both England and Australia in the current year.
Most importantly, the match between Pakistan and India is scheduled to occur on October 23, 2022, at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.