Despite India’s disagreement to travel Pakistan for Asia Cup 2023,Pakistan Shows Interest in ODI World Cup 2023: Reports
Due to India’s firm stance of not visiting Pakistan, the hosting of the Asia Cup 2023 is expected to take place at a neutral location rather than in Pakistan, which was originally scheduled to host the prestigious regional tournament prior to the ODI World Cup in India. Several media reports surfaced suggesting that Pakistan may retaliate by refusing to travel to India for the October-November ODI World Cup, after India declined to visit Pakistan for the Asia Cup 2023.
Subsequently, there were reports indicating that the Pakistan Cricket Board had become more lenient with regards to the aforementioned issue. They expressed a willingness to travel to India, provided that their World Cup matches are played either in a neutral location or limited to a few venues. Kolkata and Chennai are reportedly the preferred options.
According to a source close to GeoSuper.tv, the statement made by Pakistan Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari at the two-day Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meet in Goa, advocating for the separation of sports from politics and foreign policy, has increased the likelihood of Babar Azam-led team’s visit to India being a realistic expectation rather than just a mere hope.
According to the source, Pakistan has expressed concerns about playing at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad during the World Cup.
The source also claimed that there could be certain reasons why Pakistan might not be willing to play against India at Narendra Modi Stadium.
The announcement from the International Cricket Council (ICC) about Pakistan’s involvement in the upcoming World Cup in India is still pending, leaving cricket enthusiasts worldwide eagerly anticipating the release of the tournament schedule.
A source familiar with the recent happenings, as reported by GeoSuper.tv, refuted any claims that the PCB has demanded a written assurance from the BCCI, stating that the Indian team will have to participate in the 2025 Champions Trophy in Pakistan if Pakistan agrees to play in India for the upcoming World Cup.