PCB chief Najam Sethi said that the Pakistani government will not allow the team to be sent to India.Image Credit source: AFP
New Delhi: There is no visible abatement in the ongoing tussle between the India-Pakistan cricket boards regarding the Asia Cup and the World Cup. On the one hand, there are talks about the Asia Cup being organized in some other country instead of Pakistan, on the other hand, news like the dates and cities of the two teams’ clash in the World Cup have also come to the fore. But at present the situation seems to be getting more complicated on both the fronts as the Pakistan Cricket Board is adamant on its demand.
Pakistan has to host this year’s Asia Cup. But last year, ever since the President of Asian Cricket Council and Secretary of BCCI, Jai Shah refused to send Team India to Pakistan, since then the question of organizing this tournament has remained. Along with this, Pakistan has also threatened to boycott the World Cup many times since then.
Pakistani government will not allow
It seems that the Pakistan Cricket Board is going to stick to its stand. Najam Sethi, the head of the management committee of the Pakistan Cricket Board, cleared this stand in an interview with an Indian news website. He said that if the Indian team does not come to Pakistan for the Asia Cup or the BCCI is not ready for the hybrid model proposed by Pakistan, then the Pakistani team will also not go to India for the World Cup.
Rejecting the security reasons, Najam Sethi said that countries like Australia, England, New Zealand, South Africa have visited Pakistan and India should not face any problem in visiting Pakistan. He made it clear that if the BCCI does not send its team citing the Government of India, then the Government of Pakistan will also not send its team due to security reasons and will play its matches at neutral venues.
will not even play asia cup
On the question of Asia Cup, the head of the Pakistani board mentioned his ‘hybrid event’ plan. He said that he had proposed this in the ACC meeting under which the rest of the teams can play some of their matches in Pakistan and after that all the teams can go to another venue where India can play their matches.
He made it clear that only this model can be implemented in the World Cup and then in the Champions Trophy 2025. Sethi said that if this model is not agreed upon and the tournament is moved out of Pakistan, then Pakistan will not participate in it.