Pakistan likely to pull out of World Cup if India push Asia Cup plans

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is reportedly deliberating on pulling out of the ODI World Cup in India next year following the Indian board’s pronouncement. Earlier, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah’s desire to play Asia Cup 2023 at a neutral venue. Pakistan is set to host the tournament next year. Continue reading to get more Ind-Pak cricket news

“The Asia Cup 2023 will be held at a neutral venue,” Shah, who is also the president of the Asian Cricket Council, told the media after a BCCI annual general meeting. “It’s the government which decides over the permission of our team visiting Pakistan so we won’t comment on that but for the 2023 Asia Cup, it is decided that the tournament will be held at a neutral venue.” Get the World Cup T20 schedule here! 

He added: “I am saying this as ACC President. We [India] can’t go there [to Pakistan], they can’t come here. In the past also, the Asia Cup has been played at a neutral venue.” There is no official decision in the matter. However, Shah’s position as ACC President could somehow confirm the stance of the organization despite no official announcement just yet. 

According to reports, Pakistan’s response to India’s demands could be pulling out of the 50-over ICC World Cup in India. “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 a news outlet.

“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,” a PCB spokesperson said. Notably, in India’s Future Tours Programme (FTP) sent to all state associations earlier this week, the columns intended for games against Pakistan remain “blank” for the 2023-2027 cycle. 

The last time Pakistan visited India was in 2016 for the T20 World Cup, while India’s last tour of Pakistan was for the Asia Cup in 2008. Due to political and military  tensions between the two countries, India and Pakistan have not played any bilateral cricket since 2012-13—when Pakistan toured for a white-ball series. The last time these sides played each other was at the 2022 Asia Cup in the UAE. 

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