Anurag Thakur, the Union Sports Minister, maintained that India will host the ODI World Cup and that BCCI will respond to PCB’s blackmail.
The BCCI will respond to Pakistan’s threat to boycott the ICC ODI World Cup in India in 2019 and the ODI World Cup will take place in India in 2023, according to sports minister Anurag Thakur. Following comments made by BCCI secretary Jay Shah over the Asia Cup taking place at a neutral venue, PCB threatened to withdraw from the ODI World Cup.
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The Union Sports Minister responds vehemently to Pakistan’s threat to withdraw from the ODI World Cup
Anurag Thakur, Union Sports Minister, stated that BCCI will reply to PCB’s blackmail letter and that India will unquestionably host the ODI World Cup.
“The board will respond because it is a BCCI topic. Next year’s World Cup will feature competition amongst teams from all across the world.” He went on to say, “India today is unquestionable in every sphere and has made significant contributions to the game of cricket. India will host the World Cup, which will be a spectacular and historic event.”
According to a decision made by the executive board of the Asian Cricket Council, Pakistan will host the upcoming Asia Cup in 2019. Shah also serves as the head of the Asian Cricket Council.
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India rejects hosting the 2023 Asia Cup in Pakistan
In a prior statement, Jay Shah had stated, “We’ll hold the Asia Cup in 2023 in a neutral venue. We won’t comment on whether the government will allow our squad to travel to Pakistan because it is a government decision, but the 2023 Asia Cup will be hosted at a neutral site.
In response to the comments, the PCB stated on Wednesday that Jay Shah’s remark could rift the Asian and global communities and jeopardise Pakistan’s visit to India for the ICC ODI World Cup as well as future ICC tournaments in India from the 2024 to 2031 cycle.
“The cumulative effect of such utterances has the potential to divide the Asian and international cricketing communities and can affect Pakistan’s travel to India for the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2023 and subsequent ICC Events in India in the 2024–2031 cycle,” the statement continued.
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