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ICC World Cup 2023: India Responds to Pakistan Cricket Board’s Warning to Not Visit for World Cup

ICC World Cup 2023: India responded angrily today to Pakistan’s threat to boycott the ICC World Cup next year over the Asia Cup. Anurag Thakur, India’s Sports Minister, declared that “all elite teams” would visit the nation for the World Cup, saying “you can’t ignore India.”
“Next year, all of the top teams from across the world will compete in the ODI World Cup, which will be held in India. India is a force that cannot be ignored in any sport. India has made significant contributions to sports, especially cricket. Cricket without India is nothing,” the Minister of Sports stated.

Asian Cricket Council Chief Jay Shah made the comment on Tuesday that the Asia Cup could be moved to a neutral location if India does not travel to Pakistan for next year’s competition.

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The home ministry will decide whether the cricket team will travel to Pakistan for the Asia Cup

Anurag Thakur remarked, “There are always opportunities. Who would have imagined COVID-19? Anything is possible, but the prospects of an Indian squad visiting Pakistan are slim. The home ministry will make the choice in this case. Overall, the protection and safety of players is a crucial issue,” the minister reportedly said, as per PTI.

The Pakistani cricket community has responded strongly to Jay Shah’s statement. Since last year, Pakistan has welcomed top foreign teams to its stadiums. Recently, teams like Australia and England have visited the nation.
Jay Shah’s remarks, according to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), were unilateral and would “split” the cricket world. Moving the Asia Cup from Pakistan “may effect future events in India,” including the World Cup, it was further stated.
The PCB released a statement in which it stated that “the overall impact of such statements have the potential to split the Asian and international cricket communities and can impact Pakistan’s visit to India for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 and future ICC Events in India in the 2024-2031 cycle.”

The match will take place just days before India and Pakistan square off in Melbourne on Sunday in the Twenty20 World Cup opener.
India and Pakistan’s bilateral cricket matches are still on hold; they now only compete against each other in multi-team tournaments.

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Team India last visited Pakistan for a bilateral series in 2005–06 under Rahul Dravid

Under Rahul Dravid’s guidance, India last visited Pakistan for a bilateral series in 2005–06. Since Pakistan’s tour of India for three T20Is and the same number of ODIs in 2012–13, the estranged neighbours have not engaged in a bilateral cricket series.
In relation to Kashmir and Pakistani cross-border terrorism, relations between India and Pakistan have been strained. After terrorist attacks in Jammu and Kashmir, which India claims were carried out by groups with ties to Pakistan, bilateral relations between the two countries took a severe hit.

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