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No reason why Pakistan and India cannot host matches against one another: Asia Cup 2023

No reason why Pakistan and India cannot host matches against one another: Asia Cup 2023

The BCCI and PCB are currently engaged in something of a stand-off after BCCI secretary, Jay Shah, said India would not attend the 2023 Asia Cup if it is held in Pakistan. PCB chairman, Ramiz Raja, has said there is “no reason” why India and Pakistan cannot host matches against one another.

Because of political tensions between the two countries, they haven’t met outside of a white-ball tournament since 2013, when Pakistan toured India for a three-match ODI series, while Pakistan also visited the country when India hosted the 2016 T20 World Cup. India’s most recent visit to Pakistan came in 2008.

Pakistan is to host the 2023 Asia Cup and has also been awarded the 2025 Champions Trophy. However, BCCI secretary, Jay Shah, has called to be held at a neutral venue. Also, stating India will not travel to Pakistan and the clash continues.

India se to host the 2023 Asia Cup and also have been awarded the 2025 champions Trophy. With India set to host the 2023 Cricket World Cup, as well as the 2026 T20 World Cup (alongside Sri Lanka) and 2031 Cricket World Cup (shared with Bangladesh), Pakistan have said moving the Asia Cup could impact their involvement in future events, creating something of a standoff between the two boards.

However, Raja is keen for both boards to work together, telling Test Match Special:

“There is no reason why India couldn’t come to Pakistan and Pakistan go to India”; Ramiz Raza

PCB chairman, Ramiz Raza is keen that both the boards work together despite the geopolitical clashes. Also considering some of the past histories with the cricket tours held in Pakistan with India and also other countries.

“Both boards need to come to terms with whether we want to play each other or not. Pakistan is willing, but they quote political interference. You can’t work when there is political interference.

“Why give the Asia Cup to us in the first place and then make all those statements that India will not travel? India cannot come because the government will not allow them because that has been the stated position, but to take the Asia Cup away from us is just not right.”

He also called for the ICC and neutral countries, including Australia and England, to help improve the situation by “thinking outside the box”.

It proved unpopular but he remains determined to “break barriers”.

PCB chairman Ramiz Raja himself  not short on ideas for how to get the two sides playing regular matches against one another. Recently proposing for an annual four-team series between England, Australia, India and Pakistan to the ICC.

“India are the benchmark of good cricket. It’s important to beat them because then the world stands up and applauds you.

“This is the ultimate contest: India versus Pakistan. The world stops. It’s a great contest because of the political needle; if you take that out it becomes like any other contest. Good there is a bit of politics but that shouldn’t stop us playing.

“You ask any broadcaster and they say please have more India-Pakistan matches. If we can’t play bilaterally, we need to create scenarios.

“Look at how we’re short-changing the fans. You get a glimpse of India-Pakistan at a World Cup event. Why not try and make it an annual event? We’ve got to be brave, we’ve got to break barriers.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Akash Kumar
Akash Kumar
Hi! I am Akash, a professionally trained journalist who graduated from Delhi University. I have spent several years playing cricket at the State level for Jharkhand. My passion for cricket and thrive to explore truth via journalism helped me to develop a character called – Sports Journalist. My contribution towards writing would be always out of the true spirit that longs for the game that Indians like the most.

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