Afridi believes the PCB should take a stand on the issue before it’s too late.
Many controversies have erupted in the run-up to the upcoming Men’s Asia Cup. The tournament was originally scheduled to be held in Pakistan, but due to the BCCI’s stance on not travelling to Pakistan, several reports have surfaced that the tournament could be held elsewhere.
Several Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) dignitaries have spoken out on the issue, even stating that if India does not come to Pakistan for the Asia Cup, they may not travel to India for the upcoming ODI World Cup.
Veteran Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin recently posted his thoughts on the subject on his YouTube channel. “Pakistan was supposed to host the Asia Cup. However, India has stated that if it is held in Pakistan, we will not participate. Change the location if you want us to participate “Ashwin stated.
“But we’d seen this many times before. When we say we’re not going to their house, they say they’re not going to our house either. Similarly, Pakistan has stated that it will not attend the World Cup. However, I believe it is not possible “He went on to say.
Former Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi also spoke out about the situation. The 45-year-old blamed the system for the PCB’s present state. He also stated that the International Cricket Council should be involved before going so far as to say that the ICC will be powerless against the BCCI.
“If anyone is unable to stand on his own two feet, then the decision to make such strong calls is not easy. They have to look at a lot of things. India agar aankhe dikha raha hain (If India is showing you their eyes), or taking such strong stance, then they have made themselves that strong, hence they are being able to talk like this, otherwise, they wouldn’t have the courage,” said Afridi.