According to former Pakistani captain Shahid Afridi, it is simple to decide emotionally that Pakistan should boycott the ODI World Cup in India in 2023 if the Asia Cup is transferred there. But the former all-rounder suggested employing common sense and giving the matter some thought before making a decision.
Before making a decision on the Asia Cup, Shahid Afridi advised Pakistan to consider its economy and reputation in the cricketing world.
Afridi’s comments were inspired by the information that the UAE, not Pakistan, will host the Asia Cup 50-over competition in September. The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) stated that a decision on the hosting of the Asia Cup will be taken at a conference in March, but sources told India Today.
Ramiz Raja, the former chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), had threatened to boycott the ODI World Cup, which was scheduled to be held in India in October-November if India didn’t travel to Pakistan for the Asia Cup, which is why Shah’s comments, which were made at the BCCI Annual General Meeting, caused a stir.
“I may also get passionate and support Pakistan competing in the World Cup, but such choices should only be taken after thorough thought. We also need to take care of our financial situation, depending on where we are in the world right now. Therefore, Shahid Afridi told Samaa TV, we shouldn’t make any judgements solely on emotion.
Shahid Afridi said that the International Cricket Council (ICC) as well as the BCCI would be powerless to take action against India because of the BCCI’s important role in the global cricket organisation.