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India's answer: 'Team India will not go to Pakistan for Asia Cup', BCCI retorts to Sharif's minister

Pankaj Prasad
Jai Shah and Zaka Ashraf
Jai Shah and Zaka Ashraf

Pakistan's drama regarding the Asia Cup and the World Cup has been going on for some time now.

Pakistan's drama regarding the Asia Cup and the World Cup has been going on for some time now. Despite the Asia Cup tournament being fixed on the hybrid model, Pakistan is trying to create a ruckus on it. There Sports Minister Ahsan Mazari had said that he would again oppose India not coming to Pakistan for this tournament and if Team India does not come here, Pakistan team will also demand its match at a neutral place for the World Cup. . IPL chairman Arun Dhumal's big statement has come amidst the hysterics of Pakistan. He has given a befitting reply to Pakistan. Dhumal has said that whatever happens, Team India will not travel to Pakistan.

Asia Cup schedule fixed, tournament on hybrid model only

Dhumal is currently in Durban for the ICC Chief Executives' Meeting (CEC). He confirmed that BCCI secretary Jay Shah and PCB representative chief Zaka Ashraf met ahead of Thursday's ICC board meeting to finalize the schedule. Dhumal said- BCCI secretary met PCB chief Zaka Ashraf and the schedule of Asia Cup was finalised. As discussed earlier about this tournament, the talk continues on the same. Pakistan will have four matches in the league round, while nine matches will be played in Sri Lanka. These include both the matches between India and Pakistan. If both teams play the final, the third game will also be played in Sri Lanka.

Pakistan will play only one match on its land

He dismissed reports coming from Pakistani media that India would travel to the neighboring country as claimed by their Sports Minister Ahsan Mazari. Dhumal said, "There was no such discussion. All the reports are fake. Neither India is traveling to Pakistan nor will our secretary travel there. Only the program has been finalised." In all likelihood, India will play Pakistan in Dambulla, Sri Lanka, just like the 2010 edition. Pakistan's only home match at home will be against weak Nepal. The other three matches to be played there could be Afghanistan vs Bangladesh, Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan.

Pakistan's drama continues since last year

Actually, since last year there is a dispute regarding the venue of the Asia Cup. The PCB drama continues after Asian Cricket Council President Jay Shah announced to hold the tournament at a neutral venue. Former PCB chief Rameez Raja had protested against the tournament not being held in Pakistan and had threatened not to come to India for the World Cup. Then Najam Sethi became the interim chairman of PCB. He also made the same threat. However, later after several meetings, it was decided to conduct the tournament on a hybrid model. In which it was decided to have four matches in Pakistan, while all the other matches including the Super-Four and the final would be held in Sri Lanka.

Pakistan had raised objections on the World Cup schedule as well

After this the chairman was changed again in PCB. Najam Sethi left his post. However, the new chairman of PCB has not been announced yet and Zaka Ashraf is certain to be elected. Meanwhile, the ICC released the World Cup schedule after Pakistan's consent. As soon as the schedule was released, Pakistan disputed the venue of the two matches. These include matches against Afghanistan at Chepauk, Chennai and against Australia at Chinnaswamy, Bengaluru. However, the ICC turned down the PCB's demand. Then Pakistan raised the issue of security and Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif formed a high level committee. No PCB official was included in this committee. Only politicians were kept in it, on which former cricketers targeted.

PAK Sports Minister Ahsan Mazari's rant

Pakistan's Sports Minister Ahsan Mazari is also included in this committee. He had recently said in a statement- Since the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) comes under my ministry, if India demands to play its Asia Cup matches at a neutral venue, we will also play our matches in India. Will demand the same for World Cup matches. He had said that Zaka Ashraf would demand this in the ICC Board meetings. However, the ICC had also once warned the PCB on Pakistan's repeated threat of not coming to India. He had said that Pakistan has signed an agreement to participate in the World Cup. We are hoping that he will not renege on this agreement and will come to India.

ICC had said - it is expected that Pakistan team will come to India

The ICC had said - All the teams participating in the World Cup are bound by the rules and regulations of their country and we also respect it. However, we are sure that Pakistan will definitely come to India to play the World Cup. The Asia Cup is going to begin on August 31, while the final will be played on September 17. At the same time, the ODI World Cup is going to start from October 5 in Ahmedabad with the match between England and New Zealand. India will start their campaign with a match against Australia on October 8. At the same time, Pakistan has to play the first two matches against Netherlands and Sri Lanka.