‘India can’t dictate Ki…’: Wasim Akram’s bold statement amid BCCI-PCB deadlock


New Delhi: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) are engaged in a verbal battle over the venue of the 2022 Asia Cup to be played in Pakistan next year. A few days ago, Jay Shah, BCCI secretary and chairman of the Asia Cricket Council (ACC), had said that team India will not travel to Pakistan for the 2023 Asia Cup, adding that a neutral venue for the tournament will be chosen. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) reacted strongly to Shah’s statement, hinting that it could affect Pakistan’s participation in the 50-over ODI World Cup in India.

Shah’s statement sparked further speculation as to whether BCCI’s refusal to tour Pakistan will lead to the tournament’s cancellation.

“The 2023 Asia Cup will be held in a neutral venue,” Shah told reporters after BCCI’s 91st Annual General Meeting in Mumbai. “I say this as ACC president. We [India] can’t go there [to Pakistan], they can’t come here. In the past, the Asia Cup was also played in a neutral location.”

Many former Pakistani cricketers have reacted strongly to Shah’s statements and the latest to join bowling legend Wasim Akram.

“Badi zabardast statement di hai cricket board ne. India cannot dictate ki Pakistan kaise cricket khele. Aur Pakistan me cricket bhi 10-15 saal baad shuru hui hai. I’m an ex-cricket player, sportsman, I don’t know what’s going on politically. But people to people contact zaroori hai. Agar aapko kehna hello Jay Shah sahab, toh aap kam se kam hamaare chairman ko phone karte, meeting with bithaate Asian Council ki. Aap apna idea dete, uspe discussion hoti,” Akram said on A Sports.

“You can’t just stand up and say we’re not traveling. Jabki award kiya hai poore council ne Pakistan ko asia cup. That’s not fair,” Akram continued.



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