Currently, both India and Pakistan are busy playing in the ongoing 20-20 World Cup 2022 in Australia. On 23 October, both teams met each other in Melbourne where India won the match by four wickets. However, before that mega clash, India’s decision regarding the visit to Pakistan for Asia Cup 2023 made headlines.
After the annual general meeting, Jay Shah said that India will not go and the tournament will happen in a neutral venue. Regarding that, Pakistan Cricket Board also said that if India eventually do not come to Pakistan, then that will impact their participation in the 50-over World Cup in India. Now, Shahid Afridi blamed the Indian Cricket Board for such behaviour from the Indian Board.
“The Indian Cricket Board gave a childish statement.” – Shahid Afridi
While speaking on ABP News, Shahid Afridi said: “The Indian Cricket Board gave a childish statement. They should have taken some time. There was a World Cup match coming up, before that, there was no need for such a statement. Cricket has always unified India and Pakistan, bringing the two nations closer. I remember how the Indian team was welcomed in Pakistan in 2003-04 and then when we went to India what a warm welcome we got. The more India and Pakistan play, the stronger their relations will be.”
He also added that the Governing body of Cricket have a role and they should act properly. “The Governing body of Cricket has a big role to play here. If India do not come to play Asia Cup then Pakistan have the option of pulling out of the Asian Cricket Council.” Shahid Afridi concluded.
Speaking about this whole debate, there were initial reports that the Indian Board will look to send their team to Pakistan. But, after the annual general meeting, Jay Shah dismissed any chances of that completely. However, after the Asia Cup in 2023 in Pakistan, the 50-over World Cup will happen in India. However, ahead of the tournament opener, Rohit Sharma avoided such questions in his press conferences.