Asia Cup 2023: "They Should Talk To The PCB Chairman At Least Once Before Arriving At Any Decision" - Shahid Afridi Urges The BCCI To Resolve All Issues

Updated - 26 Apr 2023, 05:54 PM

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Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi urged the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to resolve the cricketing issues with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) between the two neighbouring countries. Shahid Afridi said that the PCB wants India to come to Pakistan for the upcoming edition of the Asia Cup 2023.

Pakistan are keen to host the upcoming edition of the Asia Cup at home, even though the BCCI isn’t willing to send Indian players to their neighbouring country. India will play Pakistan for the final time before the 2023 World Cup, which will be held in October and November, and both teams will play at least twice in the tournament.

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Shahid Afridi requested that the BCCI consult with the PCB chairman at least once before making any decisions regarding the Asia Cup, and resolve all issues between the two countries.

“BCCI should resolve all issues affecting our cricketing ties. PCB wants India to come here to play. We are even willing to go there and play. However, for this, the BCCI should talk to the PCB once. We want to talk. We always take the first step and want the BCCI to reciprocate. I urge the BCCI to not arrive at any decision just like that. They should talk to the PCB chairman at least once before arriving at any decision,” Afridi told ANI.

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Our Board Isn’t A Weak One – Shahid Afridi

Afridi, who recently served as the interim chief selector, reiterated that the PCB is not a weak board. He said that the BCCI is a strong cricket governing body and should try to make more friends instead of enemies.

“What can we do if we want to befriend another board and it doesn’t reciprocate in kind? Our board isn’t a weak one. But there’s little we can do if we want to be friends and the other side doesn’t respond,” he said.

“The BCCI, as a cricket governing body, is very strong. When you have so much power and clout, you become more responsible. You should try to make more friends, not enemies. Making more friends only makes you stronger,” Afridi added.

India have not visited their neighbour for 15 years, having last toured for the Asia Cup in 2008. Pakistan toured India in 2012 for a white ball bilateral series. However, there have been some great matches between the two teams in the ICC and ACC tournaments. The Men in Green last visited India in 2016 for the T20 World Cup.

Also read: Pakistan Likely To Remain Hosts Of Asia Cup 2023; India Games To Be Played On Separate Overseas Venue- Reports

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