Srinagar: Former India opener Aakaash Chopra in the backdrop of recent developments regarding India not travelling to Pakistan for Asia cup has said that he can give it in writing that India will not go to Pakistan and Pakistan will still play World Cup in India.
BCCI and PCB have been at loggerheads ever since the Indian cricket board’s secretary Jay Shah, who also happens to be the president of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) confirmed that India won’t travel to Pakistan for the next edition of Asia Cup in 2023 and that it will be hosted in a neutral venue.
The statement sharp criticism from former Pakistan cricketers. PCB, in fact, in a strongly-worded letter, threatened to pull out of the ODI World Cup in India next year and said India’s move of not travelling to Pakistan may have ramifications in the cricketing ties between the two neighbours.
Former India opener Aakash Chopra, however, has a different take on it.
“Asia Cup might not happen at all if India don’t participate, there’s no chance. The Asia Cup is a minor tournament compared to the world cup. Skipping the World Cup means you will end up forgoing a massive amount of revenue that ICC shares (with the participating nations). It’s a case of who blinks first. So I’m not taking this seriously. I feel the Asia Cup 2023 will be held and at a neutral venue,” Chopra said on his YouTube channel.
“Of course, ACC is a consortium. But few are aware of the fact that India doesn’t take a penny from ACC. Everybody takes a certain amount from the (ACC) coffer whether 4 million or 8 million but India ends up distributing their amount instead,” Chopra said. “India has been playing the role of a big brother in ACC. If it has been said that the team might not travel to Pakistan, then I can give you this in writing that India won’t. The Asia Cup will also be held at a neutral venue. And Pakistan will also definitely come to play in the World Cup (in India)… Take all this from in writing. All these things are guaranteed,” he added.