Ramiz Raja
Ramiz Raja

The BCCI and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) are somewhat at odds about how they feel about Pakistan hosting the 2023 Asia Cup. India would not visit the nation, according to BCCI Secretary Jay Shah, who also suggested holding the event in a neutral location. 

Former Pakistan cricketers criticized Shah’s declaration, which he delivered in October. The ODI World Cup, which will be held in India afterward the Asia Cup, was also warned of a PCB boycott after the declaration. 

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Ramiz Raja Express His Thoughts On Asia Cup

Previous PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja expressed his thoughts on the matter by citing other instances in which teams had refused to visit Pakistan for security fears and what transpired as a result. He also exhorted the board members to exercise courage and not to comply with India’s demands only because of their dominance in international cricket. 

“One positive from my stint as a chairman was that I provided leadership. If you remember New Zealand had left then we told them that what you did was unfair. The England refused to come, we spoke with them, following which they played 7 T20Is instead of 5, two extra. The ECB staffs visited Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium, they came to my office and apologised. Similarly Australia also visited. 

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“What is leadership? When Asian Cricket Council has asked Pakistan to host a tournament and then India say they won’t travel to Pakistan and shift the tournament to a neutral venue, what should be the response? 

Kya hum sab servant rahenge India k, kyunki woh ek world power hain apne hisab se. Kya hum har cheez unki mante jayenge?” (Are we servant of India just because they are a world power in cricket? Should we listen to everything they say?) 

The footage of Ramiz’s appearance on Dunya News, where he made the remark, is shown below. 

Give Pakistani Team And Fans The Respect They Deserve: Ramiz Raja

Raja continued by highlighting Pakistan cricket’s recent growth and outlining how Pakistan can respond to the circumstance. 

“We will think, will we get isolated, we’ll ask permission from the government then talks will move further. These are not signs of good leadership. 

“The Pakistan cricket team is enjoying a great run, you have a good fan following, you have superstars, so please give your team and fans the respect they deserve.” 

He concluded by adding that “there should be a decision on the matter, as the tournament was given to Pakistan, so how can it be shifted to a neutral venue without consulting us or with the ACC members.”

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Najam Sethi, the new head of the PCB, briefed the supporters earlier this week about the status of the nation’s plans to play in the next ODI World Cup in India. “If the government says don’t go to India, we will not go. Where Pakistan and India’s cricket relations are concerned, let’s be clear. (The) decisions on whether to play or not play tour or not tour are always taken at the government level,” Sethi told a press conference in Karachi. 

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