The veteran Indian off-spinner R Ashwin reckons that Pakistan will not be able to skip the ODI World Cup in India if the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) refuses to travel to their country for the Asia Cup 2023. Pakistan was originally assigned the Asia Cup in September of last year, but Jay Shah, the president of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) stated in October of last year that the Indian team would not tour Pakistan due to tense diplomatic relations.
The BCCI has urged the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) to relocate the Asian Cup away from Pakistan. A decision on this issue will be taking place at the next ACC meeting in March. Notably, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi has come to a threat to withdraw from the 50-over World Cup if Team India does not visit the neighboring country for the Asia Cup 2023.
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In the latest video on his Youtube channel, R Ashwin said, “Asia Cup was supposed to take place in Pakistan. But India has announced that if it takes place in Pakistan, then we won’t be participating. If you want us to participate, do change the venue.”
He further added, “But we would have seen this happen many times. When we say that we won’t go to their place, they will say that they will also not come to our place. Similarly, Pakistan has said that they will also not come to the World Cup. However, I think it is not possible.”
R Ashwin also stated that he prefers that the tournament be held in Sri Lanka rather than in the UAE. The Emirates Cricket Board also hosted the Asia Cup’s final edition in 2022.
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Explaining the same, R Ashwin said, “But the final call might be the Asia Cup moved to Sri Lanka. This is an important lead-up to the 50-over World Cup. Many tournaments have taken place in Dubai, guys. I will also be pleased if it is moved to Sri Lanka.”
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