Pakistan is furious over a statement by BCCI secretary Jay Shah. Actually, the Asia Cup is to be organized in Pakistan in 2023. But BCCI secretary Jay Shah has said that India will not travel to Pakistan and the Asia Cup will be played at a neutral venue. Now after this Pakistan has started the ruckus. Pakistan has even said that it will not participate in the One Day World Cup next year. In such a situation, this question was also asked to Sports Minister Anurag Thakur today. Anurag Thakur has clearly said that the 2023 Cricket World Cup will be organized in India itself and will be held in a grand and historic manner. Let us tell you that Anurag Thakur is currently the Sports Minister in the Modi government. Apart from this, he has also been the BCCI President and BCCI Secretary.
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In his statement, Anurag Thakur said that not one but many World Cups have been organized in India. There will also be a World Cup next year and teams from all over the world will also play. India has a big contribution in cricket. The Cricket World Cup will be grand and historic in India. Anurag Thakur also said here that the safety of the players is paramount. The Home Ministry will decide whether the Indian team will go to the Asia Cup. He said that we have been playing with Pakistan in ICC tournaments but our attitude towards bilateral series is the same as it was earlier. Cricket cannot be played under the shadow of terrorism. Thakur clearly said that all the teams that have qualified to play in the World Cup in India will be invited. India is no longer in a position to listen to anyone and has no reason to listen to anyone. We will welcome everyone and hope everyone will come.
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Jay Shah’s statement may ‘divide’ cricket communities
Jay Shah has given a statement that India will not be able to travel to Pakistan for the Asia Cup next year. India would prefer to play the continental tournament at a neutral venue and not tour Pakistan. In a first reaction, the PCB said such statements could divide the Asian and international cricket communities and could also affect Pakistan’s visit to India for the 2023 World Cup. The PCB is yet to receive any official communication or clarification from the ACC on the ACC chairman’s statement. The PCB has now urged the Asian Cricket Council to convene an emergency meeting of its board as soon as practicable to discuss the important and sensitive issue.