Danish Kaneria, a former Pakistani cricketer, thinks the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) won’t be able to defy the International Cricket Council (ICC) by skipping the 50-over World Cup in India in 2023.
Ramiz Raja, the chairman of the PCB, has made it clear that Pakistan will not visit India for the ICC tournament if the Indian side declines to tour Pakistan for the upcoming Asia Cup.
Pakistan has been selected as the 2023 Asia Cup host. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), however, has made it apparent that they will fight to have the continental tournament moved to a neutral location.
The BCCI Secretary Jay Shah earlier this year said that the Indian squad would not go to Pakistan for the Asia Cup. Shah also serves as the head of the Asian Cricket Council, which is noteworthy (ACC).
On its part, PCB has made an effort to defend its authority to hold the event. Pakistan’s reputation as a big event host has been further enhanced by its tours of nations like England and Australia.
“Pakistan will ultimately travel to India”: Danish Kaneria
Danish Kaneria highlighted that while India won’t be affected by it, the Men in Green will be the only ones to suffer as a result. On November 26, the former leg-spinner made these comments in a video posted on his YouTube page.
“The PCB lacks the guts to abstain from an ICC event. On the other side, India doesn’t mind if Pakistan doesn’t attend. They have a sizable market that brings in a lot of money. Pakistan will suffer greatly if they do not go to India for the World Cup.”
Danish Kaneria asserted that Pakistan will eventually consent to host the World Cup in India despite Raja’s extravagant claims. He recommended that the board abstain from saying things like that.
“Pakistan will eventually visit India for the World Cup. Officials will claim that they had no choice because of ICC pressure. It will be disastrous for Pakistan cricket if they continue to talk about skipping an ICC event.”
Pakistan will host England in a three-match Test series beginning on December 1. The three red-ball matches will take place in three different cities: Rawalpindi, Multan, and Karachi.