Karachi: Pakistan, on Tuesday, threatened to pull out of next year’s World Cup in India, reacting strongly to BCCI secretary Jay Shah’s statement that they would prefer to play the Asia Cup at a neutral venue.
After the BCCI AGM in Mumbai on Tuesday, Shah had told reporters that “India will play the Asia Cup at a neutral venue.”
According to news agency PTI, Pakistan Cricket Board chairman (PCB) Ramiz Raja is considering withdrawing the men’s team from the ODI World Cup in light of the remarks made by Shah who is also the chairman of Asian Cricket Council (ACC).
The statement from Shah though has irked Raj a and other senior PCB officers. “The PCB officials are surprised at the timing of Jay Shah’s statement because there is still nearly a year to go before the Asia Cup is held in Pakistan in September 2023,” one insider said.
PCB are also considering pulling out of Asian Cricket Council (ACC) membership while also revealing that Ramiz Raja is set to call for an urgent meeting of the Asian cricket’s governing body in Australia.
“One option under consideration will be to pull out of the ACC as the PCB believes the ACC was formed to promote and develop cricket in the region and forge unity among the member nations. But the President of the ACC is going to give statements like these, there is no use for Pakistan to remain in the body,”he added.
Pakistan has not hosted a multi-national event since the 2008 Asia cup which was also the last time India played in the country. Pakistan have also been announced as the hosts for the 2025 Champions Trophy but today’s decision also puts a dark cloud over that event.