In spite of the fact that the Indian team will not go to Pakistan to play the Asia Cup, for some time now, along with the president of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), the former cricketers have been constantly making comments on this issue. Recently, PCB chief Najam Sethi once again made interesting comments on the management of the Asia Cup. If the world’s top teams are coming to Pakistan and playing cricket… he asked why only India is facing security problems.
Sethi said in a press conference about the Asia Cup management dispute… ‘The rest of the teams are coming to Pakistan to play cricket. They are not making any complaints about security. But only India is showing security reasons..? In a similar manner, we also said that we will not go to India to play the ODI World Cup this year. These will be raised in the ICC meeting (which will be held in the last week of this month). Because this is not just about the Asia Cup. Along with this year’s ODI World Cup, the Champions Trophy organized by the ICC in 2025 will also be held in Pakistan. Discussions should be held keeping that in mind as well..’ He said. However, Sethi explained that even if India did not come to Pakistan to play the Asia Cup, they would have to go if their government told them to go to India for the ODI World Cup.
🗣️ “India’s point of view is that they won’t come to Pakistan and the Asia Cup should be shifted. Our point of view is that if they do that then we’ll have to reconsider our participation in the World Cup.”
Najam Sethi talks about the Pakistan-India situation. pic.twitter.com/WzLlaHvJ9i
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What is the background..
Controversy arose when BCCI Secretary Jai Shah made these comments before the T20 World Cup last year. Jai Shah decided that they will play the Asia Cup only if it is a neutral venue, otherwise they will not play in Pakistan. PCB also gave a strong counter to this. In that case, India warned them to go to play the ODI World Cup as well. Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur responded to that.. ‘Those who come will come. We don’t care about those who don’t come..’ that It is known that the comments were made.
Najam Sethi also arranged an emergency meeting of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) in Bahrain last month and suggested that some steps should be taken towards a solution to this dispute. ACC President Jai Shah along with BCCI representatives also participated in this meeting. Even then, the BCCI made its decision very clear. India has made it clear that the decision of the central government is final in the matter of going to Pakistan.
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