2 Dec 2022

Asia Cup 2023: Pakistan Will Not Play If Venue Is Changed Due To India

Rawalpindi: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ramiz Raja said that his team will not play the tournament if the Asia Cup 2023 is not held in Pakistan. The location of the tournament should not be shifted just because Team India cannot come to Pakistan. If India does not come to Pakistan its alright. But, if the venue is changed, the Pakistan team will first withdraw its name from the tournament.

Did not get hosting rights by begging

During the England-Pakistan Test match in Rawalpindi, PCB Chief said, we are not dying to host the tournament. We did not get hosting rights by begging. We have got the responsibility of hosting the Asia Cup through the fair process of ICC.

Asia Cup will be of 50 overs

The 2023 Asia Cup is to be held in Pakistan during September. After this, there will be ODI World Cup in India during October. Due to the ODI World Cup, this time the Asia Cup will be of 50 overs instead of 20. The last Asia Cup was held in UAE in August 2022. But, the hosting rights were with Sri Lanka. Actually, due to political chaos in his country, the venue had to be changed.

ACB President had said that the tournament would be held at a neutral venue

Asia Cricket Board (ACB) President Jay Shah had said that Team India cannot go to Pakistan due to political reasons. The hosting rights of the Asia Cup are with Pakistan. But, by shifting the location of the tournament, matches can also be held at neutral venues. Shah is also the secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

Pakistan will not even play ODI World Cup

After Shah's statement, India's Sports Minister Anurag Thakur had said, a decision will be taken on sending any player of Team India to Pakistan only after permission from the Home Ministry. After this PCB Chief had said, if Team India will not play Asia Cup in Pakistan then Pakistan will also not play in ODI World Cup to be held in India.

Team India has not gone to Pakistan since 2008

Team India went to Pakistan for the last time in 2008 to play the Asia Cup. At the same time, Pakistan's team came to India for the last time in 2016 to play T20 World Cup. In 2022, both the teams have met 3 times. Cricket matches between the two countries were held twice in Dubai during the Asia Cup and once in Melbourne during the T20 World Cup.


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