Shah said Asia Cup will be played at neutral venue, PCB threatens to pull out of World Cup

India and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have come into conflict after Cricket Board of India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah’s statement that the 2023 Asia Cup will be played at a neutral venue and the neighboring country has decided to play next year’s ODI World Cup. Threatened to leave. The 2023 season of the Asia Cup will be played in the 50-over format. The tournament, to be played before the World Cup to be held in India, has been handed over to Pakistan by the Asian Cricket Council (ACC).

Incidentally, Shah is the President of the Asian Cricket Council. After the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of BCCI, several cricket websites quoted Shah as saying, “We have decided that we will play at a neutral venue.” Even before this, the Asia Cup has been organized at a neutral venue. Host Sri Lanka expressed its inability to host the Asia Cup 2022 amid the economic crisis, after which it was organized in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

India and Pakistan teams play each other only in Asia Cup and global events due to political tension between the two countries. India has not toured Pakistan since the 2008 Asia Cup after the terror attack in Mumbai. Pakistan last toured India for a limited overs series in 2012. No bilateral series has been played between these two countries for the last 10 years.

Both the teams had faced each other twice in the Asia Cup last month. Now both the teams will meet in Melbourne on 23 October. The PCB is upset because international cricket has returned to Pakistan and countries like England, Australia and West Indies have played cricket there. Sources close to PCB chairman Rameez Raja indicated that he was contemplating pulling out of the ODI World Cup in India following Shah’s statement.

PCB sources told PTI on condition of anonymity, “The PCB is now ready to take a tough decision as it also knows that the ICC and ACC will suffer if Pakistan does not play India in these major events.” When contacted, the PCB declined to officially comment on Shah’s statement.

A PCB spokesperson said, “We have nothing to say yet but we will look into the circumstances and take up the matter at an appropriate forum such as the ICC Board meeting to be held in Melbourne next month.” And other senior officials are quite upset with Shah’s statement and have decided to take some tough decisions.

PCB sources said Rameez Raja will send a strong letter to the ACC on the issue and will demand an emergency meeting of the ACC in Melbourne next month to discuss Shah’s statement. Sources said, “One option that is being considered is to leave the ACC because when the ACC president makes such a statement, there is no point for Pakistan to continue in that institution.”

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