A dispute over hosting rights between the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has cast a shadow over the upcoming 2023 Asia Cup. India will not travel to Pakistan despite being the official host, according to BCCI Secretary Jay Shah, who also insisted that the tournament must take place in a neutral location.
Shahid Afridi, a former captain of Pakistan, has urged Team India to visit Pakistan and take the initiative to enhance bilateral relations. Afridi recalled the cordial welcome both teams had received during previous tours and he urged political leaders to engage in dialogue. He stressed that it is the only way to end the conflict while acknowledging the leaders’ enormous responsibility.
Disagreement over Hosting Rights
A disagreement over hosting rights between the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India has cast a shadow over the upcoming 2023 Asia Cup (BCCI). According to BCCI Secretary Jay Shah, despite being the designated host, India will not visit Pakistan. Jay Shah also insisted that the tournament must be held in a neutral location. Despite threatening to skip India’s hosting of the 2023 World Cup, the PCB has stuck with their position.
The last time India visited Pakistan was in 2008 for the Asia Cup, and the last time they played a bilateral series there was in 2006. The two nations haven’t played any bilateral cricket matches since a brief white-ball series in 2012–2013 on Indian soil. Afridi made his final appearance for Pakistan during the 2016 T20 World Cup, which was also Pakistan’s last tour of India.
A great way to unite people and overcome differences is through sports. It is admirable that Afridi has urged Team India and political figures to take the necessary action to mend the strained ties between the two countries. The return of the exciting matches between Ind and Pak would thrill the fans of both nations.