PCB chair Ramiz Raja has reiterated that Pakistan might boycott subsequent 12 months’s World Cup in India if the stand-off between the 2 cricket boards is not resolved, however insists he needs to see the 2 nations host one another once more.
Pakistan and India have not met outdoors of a white-ball match since 2013 because of strained political relations between the 2 international locations, and there’s now a dispute between the Pakistan Cricket Board and the Board of Management for Cricket in India (BCCI) over the 2023 Asia Cup and 2023 World Cup.
Pakistan are because of host the Asia Cup subsequent September however BCCI secretary Jay Shah stated India won’t journey to Pakistan and has referred to as for the match to be staged at a impartial venue. In response, PCB chief Raja stated that if India pulled out or it was moved, then Pakistan wouldn’t play within the 50-over World Cup in India, which begins a month later.
“We do not wish to actually go there however it’s simply that the followers need us to react,” Raja informed Sky Sports activities Cricket on Saturday. “The followers are completely bitter due to what India’s narrative has been relating to India-Pakistan.”
Raja referred to as the BCCI’s stance on the Asia Cup “unfair” and that he would “completely resist” the match shifting.
“I believe there is a authorities coverage and I’ve obtained no thought whether or not they’ll come or not,” he stated. “The Asia Cup would imply an important deal to the followers, it is a multi-nation match. We are going to resist.”
Raja, a former Pakistan cricketer, stated he hopes to play India once more however solely on “equal phrases”.
“I am all for India-Pakistan contests, I’ve stated this on document,” he acknowledged. “I completely love the followers, they usually like us as effectively – Pakistan has develop into a model in worldwide cricket, the gamers have gotten fan following in India, and I do know that the second most watched group in India after India is Pakistan, so that they take curiosity in our growth.
“We wish to go and play, however the truth is it must be on equal phrases. You’ll be able to’t be subservient to a sure cricket board.
“We have survived with out India now for an excellent variety of years. Pakistan have regarded on the scales of financial system in-house and in some way have survived extraordinarily effectively.”
Raja additionally stated any sequence must be in Pakistan or India as “impartial territory would not likely advance the trigger”.
Pakistan are presently internet hosting England in a Take a look at sequence for the primary time in 17 years.