Sethi repeats Raja’s lines on Asia Cup, threatens to pull out of World Cup in India: PCB sources

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi has reportedly told BCCI secretary Jay Shah that his country wants to host the Asia Cup and if the tournament is shifted elsewhere, Pakistan will send its team to India to host the Men’s ODI World Cup. Will not send for Sethi’s comments are in line with those of his predecessor Rameez Raja who had said that Pakistan would boycott the 50-over World Cup to be held in India later this year if the Asia Cup issue is not resolved between the two cricket boards. Can do.

The Asia Cup hosting rights were initially given to Pakistan and was to be held in September 2023 but Asian Cricket Council (ACC) chairman Shah announced in October last year that due to political tensions, India would host Pakistan for the continental tournament. Will not visit The ACC is expected to shift the Asia Cup away from Pakistan and decide on an alternative venue in March.

However, a reliable source in the PCB said that during the ACC Executive Board meeting in Bahrain on Saturday, Sethi made it clear to Shah that Pakistan’s stand regarding the Asia Cup was that his country would not be interested in the hosting rights of the Asia Cup or the Champions Trophy in 2025. Will not let go “Sethi made his stand very clear to Shah and he went to Bahrain last Tuesday after meeting Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif. He discussed the issue with the Prime Minister before leaving for Bahrain. ,

The source said, “Sethi was clear that the Asia Cup is a multi-team tournament and the Pakistan government is ready to give security assurance to the Indian team. Therefore, there is no reason why the BCCI (Indian Cricket Board) could not send its team to Pakistan in September this year. The source said, “Sethi also made it clear that Pakistan will also not travel to India for the ODI World Cup if the BCCI cannot get a go-ahead from its government for the Asia Cup. ,

The source said that in view of Sethi’s tough stand, it was decided that the ACC would meet again in March and the issue would be taken forward. “Sethi told the ACC members that before the next meeting, the BCCI should talk to its government and clear its stand whether it will send its team for the Asia Cup or not so that Pakistan can also compete in the ICC (International Cricket Council),” the source said. ) about playing their World Cup matches in India. The source also said that Sethi asked the ACC members why the BCCI representatives had not raised objections when Pakistan was chosen to host the Asia Cup and 2025 Champions Trophy.

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