Asia Cup 2023: Due to the boycott of the ODI World Cup 2023 to be held in India later this year…
Asian Cup 2023: Pakistan Cricket Board chief Najam Sethi consulted Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif regarding the boycott of the 2023 ODI World Cup to be held in India later this year. The suggestion comes after the BCCI flatly refused to travel to Pakistan for the Asia Cup at any cost. With BCCI secretary Jay Shah at the helm of the Asian Cricket Council, suggestions have been made to move the tournament to another venue. The PCB will raise these issues in the next Asian Cricket Council (ACC) and ICC meeting to be held in March. Stay connected with hindi.insidesport.in for all the latest cricket news.
In fact, Najam Sethi said in a press conference on Monday, “We have complex issues, but for me when I go to the ACC and ICC meetings, I have kept all options open for us and we have to take a clear position now. “
He also said that there has been no change in India’s stand of not sending its team to Pakistan for the Asia Cup. But the PCB is also adamant that if they don’t come, it will have to think about not playing the World Cup in India.
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Najam Sethi further said, “I have kept my options open because when all the teams are coming to Pakistan and there is no problem regarding security. Then why is India worried about security. Similarly, we may also have security concerns about sending our team to India for the World Cup and I will discuss this in the upcoming meetings.
Notably, the ICC CEO and Executive Board meetings are taking place this month. In which Najam Sethi and other officials representing PCB will attend the meeting. The PCB chief further said, “Obviously we don’t support this stand (by India) because we want to organize the Asia Cup and remember it’s not just about the Asia Cup and the World Cup, it’s in Pakistan.” There is also about the Champions Trophy to be held in 2025.
Sethi said that before going to the meeting, he had sought advice from the government on the issues. He told, “I had sought advice from the government and the situation is that we have to do what our patrons tell us to do. If he says go and play in the World Cup even if India doesn’t come for the Asia Cup, what can we do? If he says don’t go, then the situation is the same for us.”
Sethi said that he has also read in the media about the government’s stand that if India does not make it to the Asia Cup, a decision is yet to be taken on whether Pakistan will play in the World Cup or not. We will discuss all these things in the coming meetings.
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