According to a source, Pakistan threatened to boycott the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. The same is set to be hosted in India later this year. If the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) would not permit the Men in Blue to compete in the Asia Cup 2023.
A source claims that the Men in Green want to play their World Cup games in Bangladesh or Sri Lanka. The World Cup 2023 is scheduled for this year’s October-November. The specific schedule has not yet been released by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
According to a PCB source who spoke to ANI, “Yes, we are considering cancelling our World Cup matches in India. If BCCI doesn’t send their squad to Pakistan for the Asia Cup. We prefer to play in Sri Lanka or Bangladesh rather than India as the venue for our matches.
Why is Pakistan avoiding World Cup?
Pakistan wants their World Cup matches to be held in Bangladesh or Sri Lanka. The team would not go to India to attend the tournament. A few days ago, it was reported by a reliable source that India would play its Asia Cup games at a neutral site rather than travel to Pakistan. India will compete at a neutral site if it advances to the final alongside Pakistan.
Bangladesh has been suggested as the venue because to its close proximity to India in discussions that could result in Pakistan moving their games to a neutral location.
For this year’s Asia Cup, a hybrid model is also being considered as an alternative. India’s matches are most likely to be held at a neutral location despite Pakistan serving as the tournament’s initial host this year.
The concept emerged during a break at a board meeting in Dubai. Members from the two Boards discussed Pakistan’s participation in the 50-over World Cup and India’s participation in the Asia Cup.
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