According to some reports, Pakistan Cricket Board(PCB) has threatened to pull out of the 2023 ICC World Cup. This news came out as a response to India’s denial to travel to Pakistan for the upcoming edition of the Asia Cup.
On Tuesday, after BCCI’s Annual General Meeting, Secretary Jay Shah said Team India won’t travel to the neighboring nation, given the political tensions between the two. “India will play the Asia Cup at a neutral venue,” said Shah. Moreover, India does play against the arch-rivals Pakistan at global or continental events. However, doesn’t travels to the country. The last time India traveled to the neighboring country was in 2008 for the Asia Cup tournament. Similarly, the last time Pakistan traveled to India was in 2012 for a short limited-overs bilateral series.
What did PCB officials say?
Karachi: Sources close to PCB have shared the statements. However, we do not claim any confirmation for the same.
“The PCB is now prepared to take hard decisions and play hard ball because it is also aware that the ICC and ACC events will have to face commercial liabilities and losses if Pakistan does not play India in these multi-team events,” a senior PCB source told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
“The PCB is wondering in what capacity has Jay Shah given the statement that the ACC will look to relocate the Asia Cup to UAE out of Pakistan because the hosting rights were awarded by the executive board of the ACC not the President,” the PCB source said.
“One option under consideration will be to pull out of the ACC as the PCB believes the ACC was formed to promote and develop cricket in the region and forge unity among the member nations. But the President of the ACC is going to give statements like these, there is no use for Pakistan to remain in the body,” he added.
When asked for a reaction on Shah’s statement PCB declined to make an official comment. However, a spokesperson said-
“We have nothing to say at the moment but yes we will look at things and take up this matter at appropriate forums like the ICC board meeting in Melbourne next month”.
Moreover, it has been noticed the PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja, and other senior officials were reportedly said to be very upset with BCCI Secretary’s announcement. Incidentally, Jay Shah is the President of Asian Cricket Council, hence, his statements can’t be taken lightly.
How netizens reacted:
Given the tension created between the two cricketing nations. Netizens shared some hilarious memes to lighten the atmosphere take a look.
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