Najam Sethi, the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board raised concerns about Pakistan’s participation in the ODI World Cup in India, stating that it is “subject to government approval.”
This development has put the International Cricket Council (ICC) in a challenging situation as they finalise the schedule for the highly anticipated tournament.
Sethi’s remarks emerged following unanimous agreement among all stakeholders, including Jay Shah, the chief of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC), to organize the upcoming Asia Cup using a hybrid model as suggested by the PCB chairman.
As far as India and Pakistan go, neither the PCB or the BCCI can take decisions. The respective governments only can take decisions,” Sethi said during a press conference.
It’s our government who has to decide, just like when it comes to India, it’s their government that decides when they go to play. There is no point asking us if we will play in Ahmedabad.
When the time comes, first it will be decided whether we are going or not, then the government decides where we will go. Our decision will rest on these two important conditions,” he added.
The hybrid model was proposed as the Indian cricket board (BCCI) had made it clear that it won’t send its team to Pakistan due to the longstanding geo-political tensions between the two countries.