Ramiz Raja, chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), has stated that if India withdraws from the Asia Cup 2023, which is scheduled in Pakistan, the PCB will take an aggressive stance against them. He further said: “Who will watch the World Cup in India without Pakistan?”
Ramiz hinted at Pakistan’s possible withdrawal from the 2023 World Cup in India in an interview with a local media outlet.
“We are very clear, if they don’t come to play Asia Cup here, we won’t go there for World Cup,” the PCB chief added.
In October 2018, Jay Shah, secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and president of the Asia Cricket Council (ACC), announced that India would not visit Pakistan for the 2023 Asia Cup.
The statement sparked a new debate among cricket fans. PCB did not issue an official confirmation because the statement was made privately. The cricket board, on the other hand, promised to address the issue once the ACC made its official announcement.
Ramiz Raja is adamant that the Asian event take place in Pakistan. “We haven’t officially spoken with the BCCI or the ACC about this.” “We are confident that Pakistan will host the event,” he said.
Meanwhile, he emphasized the importance of Pakistan’s cricket team’s performance.
“As chairman, I have always wished for our team to triumph. We defeated India, the world’s largest cricket economy, twice in a single year. We competed in the Asia Cup final and the T20 World Cup final to demonstrate.
“We progressed as true performers in the world of cricket. Teams from England and Australia visited Pakistan, demonstrating our success “He concluded.