Assuming that India won’t play in Asia Cup 2023, Pakistan Cricket Board Chief Ramiz Raja cleared their stand that they won’t play in ODI World Cup 2023 scheduled just after the Asia Cup. It is to be noted that no international team has visited Pakistan since 2009 after the terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team.
• Ramiz Raja set a condition for Pakistan to play in ODI World Cup 2023
• Pakistan didn’t play any international cricket on its soil after the 2009 terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team
• England will visit Pakistan to play three Tests
What Did Ramiz Raja Say About India?
“Our position is blunt”, he said. If India doesn’t play in Asia Cup 2023 in Pakistan, Pakistan won’t participate in ODI World Cup 2023 in India. “Let them play without Pakistan”, said Ramiz Raja. He further said that if Pakistan didn’t play in the world cup no one would see that.
He said that Pakistan had defeated the biggest business-making cricket team in the world. They had played in the final of the T20 World Cup. Ramiz Raja said that he had always said that they had to improve the economy of Pakistan cricket and that would happen only if their team performed well.
Ramiz Raja said about India that they had defeated India in the T20 World Cup 2021 and the Asia Cup. They had beaten the board of billion dollar economy twice in one year.
Why International Teams Stopped Playing In Pakistan?
It was during the Asia Cup 2009 in Pakistan that a terrorist attack took place on the Sri Lanka team outside the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. Teams stopped visiting Pakistan for cricket until 2015 when Zimbabwe toured Pakistan for a three-match ODI series.
Sri Lanka also toured Pakistan in 2017 and played a solitary ODI. Australia visited Pakistan earlier this year and England will play three Tests starting December 1 in Pakistan.