ODI World Cup 2023: Pakistan Demands To Play Matches Outside India

Ehsan-ur-Rehman Mazari, Pakistan’s Minister of Inter-Provincial Coordination. He believes that Pakistan can demand to play their ODI World Cup 2023 under a “hybrid model” outside of India if India is doing the same for the Asia Cup 2023. This comes a day after making the huge claim that Pakistan can refuse to come to India to play in the ODI World Cup 2023.

The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has says that the Asia Cup 2023 will take place in Pakistan and Sri Lanka using a “hybrid model,” with play set to begin on August 31. 

Pakistan’s interim chairman Zaka Ashraf would raise the matter. The Pakistan Cricket Board wants its World Cup 2023 matches at a neutral site, outside India, in light of the recent news. Zaka will probably bring up the subject during the ICC’s next conference this week in Durban.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has appointed a committee to decide whether the Men in Green will go to India for the Cricket World Cup in October-November 2023. It will be chaired by Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.

ODI World Cup 2023 BCCI vs PCB: The tussle continues

The new demand from Pakistan comes due to BCCI’s quick refusal to travel to Pakistan for the Asia Cup in 2023. However, Pakistan has the hosting rights for the ODI-format Asia Cup in 2023. But the BCCI is reluctant to send its players because of security concerns.

The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) officials, which also included former Pakistan Cricket Board chief Najam Sethi. They have met many times before agreeing that the 50-over competition would proceed using a hybrid model. Some matches will take place in Pakistan, and others at a neutral location. It was planned to play PAK vs IND somewhere neutral.

The decision to have four games in Pakistan. While the rest of the nine games in Sri Lanka, a neutral venue, comes after talks with ACC officials.

Zaka Ashraf will raise the question of why Pakistan’s World Cup games cannot take place at neutral sites. When the Indian team cannot visit Pakistan for the Asia Cup, as per Ehsaan Mazari, Pakistan’s minister of sports, as per a report by the PTI.

On the Naya Pakistan program on Geo TV in Pakistan, Mazari said that the former chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Najam Sethi, didn’t bargain well for the Asia Cup 2023.

 “Our discussions for the Asia Cup 2023 should have been better. When we were the hosts of the Asia Cup in 2023, we only had four matches scheduled in Pakistan. Even the final game will take place in Sri Lanka, as per Mazari on the Naya Pakistan show.

Can Pakistan boycott the ODI World Cup 2023?

The opening match of the ODI Cricket World Cup 2023 between Pakistan and India. It is set for October 15 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. In an interview with the Indian Express newspaper, Mazari claims that Pakistan should insist that the World Cup 2023 matches take place at a neutral site. Just like the BCCI has done.

Since the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is under my government, in Mazari’s words. “We would also demand that the same for our World Cup games in India. “if India wants to play its Asia Cup at a neutral venue.

This year’s Asia Cup will have a hybrid format. It is because the BCCI has declined to tour Pakistan for the game due to security concerns. However, the Asia Cup’s final dates have still not been revealed.

Four matches will take place for the first round in Lahore. The rest of the matches, which include the final and India vs Pakistan encounter. It will then move to Sri Lanka, in the city of Dambulla.

Pakistan has the right to host all of the matches because it is the Asia Cup’s host nation. I don’t want a hybrid model; that’s what cricket fans want, Mazari said.

The Union Minister for Sports, Anurag Thakur, has said that India is not afraid of any threats and they will still be able to hold the competition. The Sports Minister announced that India would host the Cricket World Cup in 2023 with all participating teams.

Now with the new Pakistan Cricket Board administration, the board has yet again threatened to boycott the ODI World Cup 2023 in India. But experts believe that this is not a smart move. Considering the BCCI’s influence on global cricket, the move would hamper the growth of Pakistan cricket as well.

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