Since the secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Jay Shah, made the remark that India would not travel to Pakistan for the Asia Cup the following year, the Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Ramiz Raja, has been very vocal about his dissatisfaction with the situation. He has been doing so in public.
Ramiz Raja further threatened to get revenge by claiming that his team will skip the ODI World Cup in India in the event that the BCCI did not send its players to Pakistan to compete in the Asia Cup.
During Pakistan’s second test match against England, Raja revealed to Michael Atherton that not only are India’s cricket teams declining invitations to play in Pakistan, but there are also rumblings that the Asia Cup could not be awarded to the nation in the future.
“I have absolutely no clue as to whether or not they will show up. But this is not fair, and at the end of a meeting of the BCCI, they released a statement in which they suggested that India might not come to Pakistan because of a policy of the Pakistani government.
And in addition to that, there is the possibility that Pakistan will lose the Asia Cup, which is something that I would do all in my power to prevent from happening. According to what he said on Sky Sports, “As you are aware, the Asia Cup would mean a great deal to the fans because it is a tournament that includes multiple nations.”
When Ramiz Raja was asked if he planned to take revenge by skipping the 50-over World Cup in India, he responded that he had no intention of doing so but that the fans want the board to take action in response to the situation.
“The fans want us to react, but we don’t really want to go there,” the band said. They are extremely resentful due to India’s narrative of the India-Pakistan conflict, which they believe has been unfair.
I think it would be interesting to see India compete against Pakistan. I have stated this fact publicly, and it is on the record, that I have attended around ten editions of the IPL. I adore the audience, and they feel the same way about us.
“Pakistan is now a household name in the world of international cricket. The players have a fan following in India, and as far as I am aware, they are the second-most watched team in the country. This is supported by the fact that India is home to the players.
They take an interest in the progress that we make. We are interested in going there, but the reality is that we must do it on equal footing; we cannot be submissive to any particular cricket board. We have been able to get by without India for the past ten to twelve years.
The Pakistan Cricket Board and the Pakistan cricket squad can look back on this event with a sense of pride. On the other hand, cricket governing bodies throughout the world hope India will take them on tour at some point so that they may fill their coffers.
“Pakistan has examined its own economy and found that, despite all odds, it has managed to fare remarkably well,” he went on to say.
In response to a question on the possibility of playing cricket tests with Pakistan at unbiased locations, Ramiz stated that the proposition does not address the root of the problem.
” A territory that is neutral would not actually help the cause in any way. According to the head of the PCB, “it needs to be either in India or Pakistan.”