Ramiz Raja stuns BCCI: 'If Pakistan's hosting rights for 2023 Asia Cup is taken away..."
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Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Ramiz Raja clarified that the Pakistan cricket team might pull out of the 2023 ODI World Cup if their hosting rights for 2023 Asia Cup is taken away.
Pakistan has already raised the possibility of withdrawing from the Asia Cup for the same reason.
Now, Ramiz turned the tables on BCCI and India, with a stunning response on the ICC query.
Speaking to BBC's Test Match Special on the matter, Ramiz pointed out that it was BCCI who created this stir.
In October, amid the rumours that the board would allow Indian team to travel to Pakistan for the fist time in 14 years, but Jay Shah, BCCI secretary and the president of the Asian Cricket Council, revealed that such would not happen and insisted on a change of venue.
PCB responded by threatening to pull out of the World Cup which will happen in India next year. However, such a step could lead to a possible ICC blowback.
"What happens if the government of Pakistan doesn't allow Pakistan to travel to India because of security issues?" Ramiz responded on the matter. "It is quite an emotional subject here. The debate was started by BCCI in a way. We had to respond. Test cricket needs India v Pakistan."