PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja took a firm stand to boycott the ICC World Cup 2023 that is scheduled in India. According to reports if India refuses to visit Pakistan for the upcoming Asia Cup then Pakistan will also Boycott ICC World Cup 2023.
The political uncertainty between India and Pakistan kept the two nations from meeting on the field of cricket. While the arch-rivals only come face-to-face in the ICC events, the disagreement between the two boards has escalated to the level that the fans might even miss out on the World Cup clashes between Pakistan and India.
While Speaking to local media PCB Chairman, indicated Pakistan’s possible withdrawal from World Cup 2023 in India.
“Who will watch World Cup in India without Pakistan?” stated Ramiz Raja. “We are very clear, if they don’t come to play Asia Cup here, we won’t go there for World Cup,” the PCB chairman added.
In October this year, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)’s secretary and Asia Cricket Council (ACC)’s president Jay Shah claimed that India would not go to Pakistan for Asia Cup 2023.
The statement sparked a new controversy as it revolved around India’s government pressure. PCB didn’t make any official confirmation as the statement was given in a private capacity. However, the cricket board assured to take up the matter once the official announcement is made by the ACC.
Now, PCB chairman Ramiz Raja determined that the Asian event will take place in Pakistan. “We haven’t talked to BCCI or ACC officially on this matter. We are confident to host the event in Pakistan,” he said.
He said that We Will Boycott the ICC World Cup 2023 in India if they refuse to come to Pakistan for Asia Cup.
Remember that for the last 10 years Pakistan and India haven’t played any series both nations have only met in the field at ICC events. A few months ago England cricket officials also contacted BCCI and PCB to host a test series in England. PCB sources say that the England Cricket Board talked about making the schedule of the Pakistan-India series in the ICC Board and also urged to play this series in England.