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“Fans want us to react, they’re bitter”: Ramiz Raja on PCB’s ODI World Cup withdrawal threat


President of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Ramiz Raja has publicly expressed his disappointment since the secretary of the Control Board of Cricket in India (BCCI) Jay Shah suggested that India will not go to Pakistan for next year’s Asian Cup. Raja even threatened to retaliate saying that his team would not go to India for the ODI World Cup if BCCI did not send its players to Pakistan for the Asian Cup.

Talking to Michael Atherton During Pakistan’s 2nd match against England, Raja said that India not only refused to go to Pakistan but there were talks about the Asian Cup being stripped from the country.

“I don’t know if they will come or not. But, it is not fair and there was a statement released at the end of the BCCI meeting where they said that India may not come to Pakistan because of government policy. And, there is also the possibility that the AFC Asian Cup is taken from Pakistan and placed somewhere else which I would totally object to.As you know, the AFC Asian Cup means a lot to the fans, it’s a multinational tournament,” he said Sports sky.

When asked if he intends to retaliate by not traveling to India for the World Cup of more than 50 people, Ramiz said he did not want to go that route but the fans wanted a response from the management.

“We don’t really want to go there but the fans want us to react. They are absolutely bitter about what India’s story has to do with India-Pakistan. I fully support the India match. and Pakistan. I said in my profile that I was there about 10 IPL versions. I love the fans, they like us too.

“Pakistan has become a brand name in international cricket. The fact that the players already have a following in India and on record, I know, they are the second most watched team in India. India They care about our growth We want to go there but the reality is it has to be equal, you can’t depend on some cricket board We wouldn’t have existed without India It’s been a proud moment for Pakistan Cricket Board and Pakistan Cricket Team while other cricket boards look to India for a tour or so they can build warehouses. Pakistan has looked at the size of the economy internally and somehow we have survived very well,” he added.

When asked about the prospect of playing Test cricket against Pakistan at neutral venues, Ramiz said that the proposal does not address the cause.

“A neutral territory won’t really advance the cause. It has to be in India or Pakistan,” the PCB boss said.

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