“Why BCCI secy will make this statement?” – Shahid Afridi incensed as India refuse to visit Pakistan for Asia Cup

Former Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi has criticized the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) decision not to travel to Pakistan for next year’s Asia Cup.

He also questioned BCCI Secretary Jay Shah for such a statement ahead of the much-anticipated Indo-Pak game at the T20 World Cup. Afridi even questioned the Indian Cricket Administration.

The former Pakistan captain wrote on Twitter:

“If an excellent camaraderie has been built between the two sides over the past 12 months which has created a good feel good factor in the two countries, why is BCCI Secy making this statement on the eve of the T20 World Cup match? Reflects the lack of cricket administration experience in India.”

If an excellent camaraderie has been built between the two sides over the past 12 months that has created a good feel good factor in the two countries why BCCI Secy will be making this statement on the eve #T20WorldCup fit? Reflects the lack of cricket administration experience in India

Speaking at BCCI’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday (October 18), Shah said India will host the continental tournament at a neutral venue.

According to a Cribbuzz report, he said:

“A neutral venue for the Asian Cup is not unprecedented and we have decided that we will not go to Pakistan. I have decided that we will play at a neutral venue.”

We will hold the Asia Cup 2023 at a neutral venue. It is the government that decides on allowing our team to visit Pakistan so we will not comment on that but for the Asia Cup 2023 it is decided that the tournament will be held at a neutral venue: BCCI Secretary Jay Shah (file image )

India and Pakistan last played together in the Super Four stage of the 2022 Asian Cup, which was played in Dubai. The arch-rivals meet in Melbourne on Sunday (23 October) in the Super 12 match of the T20 World Cup.


Pakistan threatens to withdraw from India 2023 World Cup after BCCI Asia Cup decision

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is considering withdrawing from the 2023 World Cup, due to be held in India, in retaliation. According to Geo News, PCB is also considering withdrawing from the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) following BCCI’s decision on the Asia Cup.

Speaking to PTI on condition of anonymity, a PCB source said:

“The PCB is now ready to make tough decisions and play hard because it is also aware that the ICC and ACC events will face commercial liabilities and losses if Pakistan does not counter in these multi-team events India takes over.”

An insider adds:

“PCB officials are surprised at the timing of Jay Shah’s testimony as there is almost a year to go before the Asia Cup takes place in September 2023 in Pakistan.”

India has not visited Pakistan since 2008. The two teams only play each other in multinational events due to political unrest between the two countries.

India is scheduled to host the ODI World Cup in October-November next year.

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