Pakistan warns India that absence from Asian Cup could ‘divide’ cricket

A few days after India’s cricket board secretary Jay Shah, who is also the chairman of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC), said that India could not send a team to Pakistan for the 2023 Asian Cup, Pakistan hinted that they may withdraw from next year’s World Cup in India. Jay Shah also said that the tournament will be moved to a neutral venue. Pakistani officials have also warned that it could “split” the international cricket community.

Despite being considered one of the sport’s biggest rivals, India and Pakistan have not met at home in any version of the game since 2012, and have only played each other in tournaments. Multinational tournament on neutral ground.

Since their independence, India and Pakistan have fought three wars and are fierce political rivals.


After a meeting of the Control Board of Indian Cricket (BCCI), Jay Shah said, “The Asian Cup will be held at a neutral venue. I say this as the president of the ACC. We cannot. arrive there [to Pakistan]they can’t come here. “

Responding to Jay Shah’s comment, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said, “The PCB has noted with surprise and disappointment yesterday’s comment by ACC Chairman Mr. Shah regarding the move to next year’s Asiad to Asiad. a neutral location. “

“The comments are made without any discussion or consultation with the board of ACC or the PCB, and without any thought as to their consequences and long-term impact. , PCB said.

The Pakistani leadership also said that it has not received any official confirmation from the ACC and that the right to host the Asian Cup, to be held in 2023, has been given to Pakistan under the leadership of Jay Shah, ACC President.

The PCB said, “Mr Shah’s statement about shifting the organization of the ACC Asia Cup was clearly made unilaterally”, adding that Jay Shah’s comments “could affect Pakistan’s visit to India for ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 and future ICC events in India in 2024 -2031 cycle”.

Pakistan and India will meet on Sunday in Melbourne for the Twenty20 World Cup.

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