The Pakistan Cricket Boards (PCB) chief, Ramiz Raja, has stated that the Babar Azam-led side will not travel to India for the ODI World Cup 2023 if Team India does not visit their country for next years Asia Cup, which is scheduled to be held in Pakistan. Rajas statement follows BCCI secretary Jay Shahs announcement that the Men in Blue will not travel to the neighbouring country to compete in the Asia Cup 2023. Jay Shah, the president of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC), stated last month that the Indian team will not travel to Pakistan for the Continental Championship and that the event should be moved to a neutral location.
Jay Shah, secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), stated earlier this month that the Indian team will not travel to Pakistan for the Asia Cup, which is scheduled to take place in 2023, and that the venue will be moved to the UAE. The statement from Shah, who is also the president of the Asian Cricket Council, infuriated the PCB because of the timing of the statement and the change of venue. Ramiz Raja, the chairman of the PCB, has now broken his silence on the matter, addressing it in a recent interview with fiery remarks.
"Neutral venue for Asia Cup is not unprecedented and we have decided that we will not travel to Pakistan," Shah had said last month after BCCIs 91st Annual General Meeting in Mumbai. "Its the govt which decides over the permission of our team visiting Pakistan so we wont comment on that but for the 2023 Asia Cup, it is decided that the tournament will be held at a neutral venue."
Ramiz Raja issued a massive statement in which he stated that if Pakistan does not participate in the continental tournament, India can play in the World Cup without them. "Who will watch the World Cup in India next year if Pakistan does not participate?" We have made it clear that if the Indian team comes here, we will compete for the World Cup. If they do not come, they can compete in the World Cup without us," Raja told Urdu News.
“If Pakistan doesnt take part in the World Cup scheduled in India next year, who will watch it? We have a clear stand: If the Indian team comes here then we will go for the World Cup. If they dont come then they can play the World Cup without us. We will adopt an aggressive approach. Our team is showing performance. Ive always said we need to improve the economy of Pakistan cricket, and that can only happen when we perform well. In the 2021 T20 World Cup, we beat India. We beat India in the T20 Asia Cup. In one year, the Pakistan cricket team defeated a billion dollar economy team twice,” he said.
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