Pakistan are currently preparing for the upcoming three-match home Test series against England. After losing the 20-20 World Cup final against England, the Men in Green will look to make a fresh start. However, Ramiz Raja came up with a controversial statement again on 25 November regarding his stance on visiting India for the 2023 World Cup.
Before the 20-20 World Cup, Jay Shah said that India will not visit their arch-rivals for the Asia Cup 2023 due to political issues. After that, Ramiz Raja said that the participation of his country might get affected if India decided not to come for the Asia Cup. Now, former Pakistan spinner, Danish Kaneria made a huge claim about that matter.
‘India don’t care if Pakistan don’t come’ – Danish Kaneria
While speaking to Urdu News, Ramiz Raja said: “If Pakistan doesn’t take part in the World Cup scheduled in India next year, who will watch it? We have a clear stand: If the Indian team comes here then we will go for the World Cup. If they don’t come then they can play the World Cup without us. We will adopt an aggressive approach. Our team is showing performance. I’ve always said we need to improve the economy of Pakistan cricket, and that can only happen when we perform well. In the 2021 20-20World Cup, we beat India. We beat India in the T20 Asia Cup. In one year, the Pakistan cricket team defeated a billion-dollar economy team twice.”
In response to that, Kaneria said: “The Pakistan Cricket Board does not have enough guts to boycott a major event. India, on the other hand, don’t care if Pakistan don’t come. They have a huge market that generates a lot of revenue. Not travelling to India for the World Cup will have a major effect on Pakistan.”
“Pakistan will ultimately travel to India for the World Cup. Officials will say that they had no other option as there was pressure from the Governing Body of Cricket. It will hurt Pakistan cricket badly if they talk about skipping a major event again and again,” Danish Kaneria concluded.