PCB’s former chief not happy with Asia Cup being shifted

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The political tensions between India and Pakistan continue to rise and this has also affected their cricket.

Now, India and Pakistan only play in multi-team tournaments of the ICC and the Asia Cup.

After the meeting of 4th February, the ACC is yet to decide the fate of the tournament.

Over this, Pakistan has already shown too much disapproval and disappointment on this issue.

Former Pakistan all-rounder, Abdur Razzaq has recently stated that the move to shift the Asia Cup out of Pakistan is to promote the game of cricket in new places.

Meanwhile, BCCI President, Roger Binny has also cleared his stand on this issue and says that the board is not doing anything on its own but following the guidelines of the Government of India.

Furthermore, Pakistan feels that India has a greater dominance over the ICC because of which the international body is not saying anything on the issue.

Khalid Mahmood upset with the ICC for remaining quiet on the Asia Cup issue

On the other hand, former Pakistan Cricket Board chief, Khalid Mahmood has expressed his displeasure over the ICC keeping mute on the ongoing row.

He says,

The world doesn’t run on ideology and principles; else ICC should show their power and tell India ‘who are you not to go and play Asia Cup in Pakistan?’ But India has a great influence on ICC.

Furthermore, Mahmood has also stated that India not participating in the Asia Cup will be a big loss to their country.

If we host Asia Cup without India and without their players, corporate sponsorship will all stop. The big money will stop. And it won’t be glamorous tournament without them. It would be a weak tournament. We will also lose money.

This is why the participation of India matters in the Asia Cup. Without India, all the other participating nations will face huge losses and the tournament would not be a success.

India’s participation brings in a lot of viewers and also big bucks and sponsorships for the tournament.

Thus, it will be interesting to see what does ACC President and BCCI Secretary, Jay Shah decided in March 2023 over this issue.

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