Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ramiz Raja has threatened to boycott the 2023 World Cup in India if the Men in Blue don’t play the Asia Cup in Pakistan and the tournament is shifted out of the country. His statement has created controversy in world cricket.
Earlier, Jay Shah, who heads the Asian Cricket Council, stated that the 2023 Asia Cup would be played outside Pakistan as India can’t compete in the neighboring country.
But former Pakistan player Danish Kaneria said PCB doesn’t have the guts to boycott the fifty-over World Cup.
“PCB doesn’t have guts to boycott the global tournament. India don’t care if Pakistan refuse to play. India have a big market, and boycotting the tournament will impact Pakistan,” he said.
“Pakistan will ultimately travel to India. The officials will say that they were under pressure from the ICC. It will hurt Pakistan if they repeatedly talk about not playing in an ICC event,” he added.
Kaneria warned Ramiz that Bangladesh and Afghanistan could also join India in boycotting the Asia Cup 2023 in Pakistan owing to security conditions in Pakistan.