India National Cricket Team captain Rohit Sharma, while reacting to the ongoing tensions between the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), said that India can’t be ignored in any sport and the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 will be held in India with all the teams participating in the marquee tournament.
The tussle between the Board of Control for Cricket in India and the Pakistan Cricket Board started after the BCCI secretary Jay Shah, who is also the president of the Asian Cricket Council, said that the Asia Cup 2023 will be held at a neutral venue as Team India can’t travel to Pakistan.
The statement of the BCCI didn’t sit well with the Pakistan Cricket Board and the PCB issued a strongly-worded statement on Wednesday. Also, the Pakistan Cricket Board hinted that Jay Shah’s remark could impact Pakistan’s participation in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, which is set to take place in India.
While talking about the matter between the BCCI and PCB, Rohit Sharma said:
“It’s BCCI’s issue and they will comment on it. India is a sporting powerhouse, where many World Cups have been played. The ODI World Cup will also be held next year in India and all big teams around the planet will participate in it. Because you can’t ignore India in any sport. India has contributed a lot to sports, especially cricket.
“So, the World Cup will be organised next year, and it will grand and historic tournament. The home ministry will take a decision as there are security concerns in Pakistan. It’s not just cricket. India is not in a position to listen to anyone.”
My take is just focused on World Cup because this is super important for us – Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma further said that his entire focus is currently on India’s ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 campaign and he is not thinking about the off-field tensions between the BCCI and PCB. He said:
“My take is just focused on World Cup because this is super important for us. We don’t know what is going to happen later. There is no point thinking about it. BCCI will make the decisions. We are focused on how we need to be well-prepared for tomorrow’s game.”
In their tournament opener, India National Cricket Team will take on arch-rivals Pakistan National Cricket Team on October 23 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.