“It’s a matter of BCCI”- Anurag Thakur on PCB’s threat to boycott upcoming world cup in India
“It’s a matter of the Board of Cricket control for India (BCCI) and the board will look into it to make comments”
Union sports minister Anurag Thakur on Thursday said that the BCCI will look into the matter, his remarks come after a statement made by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) that holding Asia Cup 2023 at a neutral venue could affect the Pakistan team’s visit to India for the upcoming ODI world cup in 2023.
Speaking to the ANI at the announcement ceremony for the upcoming Khelo India Youth Games he said that “It’s a matter of the Board of Cricket control for India (BCCI) and the board will look into it to make comments. India is a land of sports, where not only one but many World cups have been hosted and the next world cup too will be hosted in India with teams from around the world participating in it. India cannot be ignored in any sector. It has contributed a lot to the world of cricket and the world cup will be grand, historic and successful.”
Following the statement from BCCI Secretary Jay shah about holding the 2023 Asia cup at a neutral venue instead of Pakistan has countered several good and bad impressions on social media. Earlier on Monday, The Pakistan Cricket Board in its counter issued an official statement and said that Jay Shah’s comments could affect the nation’s visit to India for the ODI world cup scheduled next year.
A statement from the PCB read as follows, “The overall impact of such statements has the potential to split the Asian and International cricketing communities and can impact Pakistan’s visit to India in the 2024-2031 cycle.”
Moreover, Tuesday’s BCCI secretary statement stated that the Asia Cup will take place at a neutral site entirely dispelled rumors that team India would go to Pakistan for the world cup.