As both the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) and India have adopted the hybrid model of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), the 2023 Asia Cup has advanced significantly.
As attention shifts to the ODI World Cup, which is scheduled to begin in India in October, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has yet to finalize the remaining details, including the crucial matter of PCB’s apprehension regarding the highly anticipated group match against India in Ahmedabad.
Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi is irritated by the PCB’s refusal to play at the Narendra Modi Stadium, and he queries its rationale.
According to reports, the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) has already sent a final manuscript of the World Cup schedule, which is scheduled to commence on October 5 with the marquee match on October 15. The schedule was distributed to all participating nations for their input.
Shahid Afridi attacks PCB
At this time, Pakistan declined to compete in Ahmedabad, one of the four venues where the Babar Azam-led squad is scheduled to play.
Afridi implored the PCB to set aside their reservations and enable the Pakistan team to compete on a local news channel. He expressed his support for the team, believing that they have the ability to defeat India in Ahmedabad.
Why do they refuse to perform on the Ahmedabad fields? Does it project flames or is it haunted?” Afridi questioned.
He requested that Pakistan compete in Ahmedabad and emphasized the significance of victory. He emphasized that what genuinely mattered was the Pakistan team’s success.
He advised them to adopt a positive attitude toward the situation. If India felt comfortable playing there, he exhorted them to go, win in front of a boisterous Indian throng, and display their talents.
According to multiple reports, ICC representatives met with PCB chairman Najam Sethi in Pakistan, where Sethi stated that the team would not play a World Cup game in Ahmedabad unless it was a knockout match.