Ramiz Raja assures ICC officers no choice taken on boycotting subsequent yr’s 50-over World Cup in India: Source | Cricket News

Ramiz Raja assures ICC officers no choice taken on boycotting subsequent yr’s 50-over World Cup in India: Source | Cricket News
Ramiz Raja assures ICC officers no choice taken on boycotting subsequent yr’s 50-over World Cup in India: Source | Cricket News
KARACHI: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has advised the ICC officers that it had threatened to boycott subsequent yr’s 50-over World Cup in India to exert stress on the neighbouring nation to ship its workforce for the Asia Cup, in keeping with sources.
The internet hosting rights of the 2023 version of the 50-over Asia Cup has been awarded to Pakistan by the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) as a precursor to the marquee World Cup in India (October-November 2023).
In October, ACC president and BCCI secretary Jay Shah had stated that India is not going to journey to Pakistan subsequent yr for the 50-over Asia Cup — more likely to be held in September 2023 — after which the PCB had threatened to drag out of the World Cup.
But, it’s learnt that the PCB chairman Ramiz Raja has advised the International Cricket Council officers that the Board has not made any choice to not ship its workforce to India for the 50-over World Cup.
The ICC officers, together with chief govt officer Geoff Allardice, have been in Pakistan as company to observe the house Test sequence towards England.
“Ramiz assured the ICC officers that PCB had made no choice on not sending its workforce to India for the World Cup nor was it in favour of boycotting such a mega occasion however due to the strained cricket relations between the 2 nations, the PCB needed to exert stress to get the Indian board to ship its workforce for Asia Cup,” a supply conscious of the event advised PTI.
The supply stated the ICC officers conveyed to Ramiz their considerations concerning his statements about Pakistan not taking part in in subsequent yr’s World Cup in India if the Indian workforce doesn’t take part within the Asia Cup.
According to the supply, Ramiz additionally advised the ICC officers that the PCB wouldn’t settle for the 2025 Champions Trophy being moved from the nation on the pretext that India might not journey to Pakistan.
“Ramiz was very clear that Pakistan is not going to be receptive to the match being moved anyplace else due to India because it had already began heavy funding on constructing or renovating infrastructure for the ICC occasion,” the supply stated.
“Ramiz reminded the ICC officers that the chief board which included India had given internet hosting rights of the Champions Trophy to Pakistan, so there must be no confusion as to the place the match will likely be held on schedule.”
India hasn’t travelled to Pakistan for the reason that 2008 Asia Cup, and after the Mumbai terrorist assault on November 26 that yr, the scheduled bilateral sequence in early 2009 was cancelled.
Pakistan did journey to India for a brief six-match white-ball sequence in 2012, however within the final 10 years, there hasn’t been any bilateral cricket. The two groups have solely performed one another at numerous ICC and ACC occasions.

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