Discussions regarding the 2023 Asia Cup remain ongoing. During a recent meeting of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC), the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) proposed a hybrid model for hosting the continental tournament, with India playing their matches in the United Arab Emirates. However, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) rejected it.
Now, Pakistani fast bowler Junaid Khan has criticized India for their reluctance to travel to Pakistan for the upcoming Asia Cup. He criticized India’s position and questioned why India was concerned with security while other international teams were not. He also inquired whether the Indian competitors are extraterrestrials.
“The conditions in Pakistan are favorable. Why does India have a problem if other teams, such as Australia, England, South Africa, and New Zealand, are coming and have no security issues? Why is this taking place? Are they from another planet and experiencing security issues? Cricket Pakistan cited the words of Junaid.
The ICC should investigate these issues; cricket cannot exist without Pakistan. According to Junaid Junaid Khan, the International Cricket Council (ICC) should investigate these issues. He also stated that Pakistan is not a minor team, noting that they topped the ODI team rankings and remain in the top three. Notably, Pakistan rose to the summit of the ODI team rankings for the first time since the ICC formally accepted the rankings in January 2005, following their victory over New Zealand in the fourth ODI. However, they lost the top spot after losing the fifth and final ODI against the Kiwis.
“The ICC should investigate these issues; cricket cannot exist without Pakistan.” Pakistan is not a small team; just a few days ago, it was the number one team in the globe, and it remains among the top three teams,” he added.