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‘BCCI ne bachkana harqat ki hai’: Afridi rejects Jay Shah’s statement | Cricket

Former Pakistani captain Shahid Afridi called BCCI secretary and chairman of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Jay Shah’s statement “childish”, saying PCB has the right to withdraw from the council if India does not travel to Pakistan for the Asia Cup in 2023. A little over a week ago, Jay Shah confirmed that the Asia Cup will be moved from Pakistan next year and played in a neutral venue as India cannot travel to Pakistan. The comments drew sharp criticism from well-known former cricketers in Pakistan. PCB even threatened to withdraw from the 2023 ODI World Championship in India if the Rohit Sharma-led side does not travel to Pakistan for the Asian Cup.

Afridi said the statement was made hastily. The fact that it took place a few days before the T20 World Cup match between India and Pakistan in Melbourne, which India won in the final ball, made matters worse, Afridi said.

Yaha pe BCCI ne thoda bachkana harqat ki hai. Thoda time le lete, koi baad nahi agar decision unhe yahi lena tha World Cup k baad le lete. India-Pakistan ka world cup ka match, usse pahle is tarike ka bayan dena mere khayal se jaldbaazi thi. Hamesha hamare realtion ko cricket ne acccha banaya hai. Humne jis tarha India ko welcome kia 2003-04 mein phir hum jab India gaye toh jis tarha hame welcome ki gaya wo dono desho k relationship ko mazboot karta hai. Jitni cricket hogi utni relationship behtar rahenge. (BCCI gave a childish statement. They should have taken a moment. There was a World Cup match coming up, there was no need for such a statement. Cricket has always united India and Pakistan, bringing the two countries closer together. I remember how the Indian team was welcomed to Pakistan in 2003-04 and when we went to India what a warm welcome we got. The more India and Pakistan play, the stronger their relations will be,” Afridi told ABP News .

The reckless former all-rounder said if Pakistan’s demands are not met they should consider withdrawing from ACC.

ICC ka role ismein bohut zyada hai. Agar India nahi hai Asia Cup khelne jo ki nahi hona chaie, unhe ana chaie. But agar nahi at toh pakistan ke pas option hai acc se bahar jane ka. Agar hamari batein nahi suni ja rahi toh hume alag rakh lena chaie ACC se. (ICC has a big role to play here. If India doesn’t come to play Asia Cup, Pakistan has the option to withdraw from ACC,” he added.

India and Pakistan currently only play in Asian Cups and ICC tournaments. The last bilateral series between the countries was in 2012-13, when Pakistan came to India for a three-match ODI series.


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