Ashraf unaware of BCCI’s unwillingness to host Pak

BCCI has made it clear to the ICC that it would be impossible to host Pakistan during the Women's World Cup.

New Delhi: Even as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has informed the International Cricket Council (ICC) about India’s inability to host the Pakistan women’s team in the upcoming women’s World Cup, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Zaka Ashraf said on Wednesday that he was unaware of any such development.

The killing of two Indian soldiers by the Pakistan army has led to outrage in India.

BCCI has made it clear to the ICC that it would be impossible to host Pakistan. The world body is expected to take a decision on the matter soon.

PCB chief Ashraf, however, said that the BCCI hadn’t conveyed any unwillingness to host them, and also that he wasn’t aware of any neighbouring country hosting the Pakistan matches.

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“I am not aware of BCCI’s unwillingness to host us. They haven’t conveyed anything about it to the PCB. Also, I haven’t heard of any neighbouring Asian country like Sri Lanka or Bangladesh hosting Pakistan’s matches,” he said.

“Sports should never be interrupted. Whatever happened at the border does hurt me, but then sporting activities shouldn’t suffer due to them.”

Ashraf also made it clear that if at all the ICC does decide to shift the venue of Pakistan’s matches, it has to move the whole tournament. “Whatever the ICC decides will be implemented by all the countries. Shifting the matches to a neutral venue like South Africa could also be on the cards. But if at all there is a shift, the whole tournament has to shift and it can’t be a case of just shifting our matches,” he said.

Meanwhile, after sending back the Pakistani delegation of businessmen, Gujarat has now turned down a proposal of hosting Pakistan’s match of the women’s World Cup in Ahmedabad.

“We have expressed our inability to host a match in such short notice to the BCCI,” said Rajesh Patel, the general secretary of the Gujarat Cricket Association, which is headed by the chief minister Narendra Modi, in Gandhinagar.

Also, in another development, it is highly likely that former Pakistan players Wasim Akram and Rameez Raja, who are presently in the commentary team for the ongoing India-England ODI series, may have to leave the country.

Although their air tickets for Ranchi — venue for the third ODI — has been confirmed, they are still in the Capital. According to sources in the BCCI, the board is awaiting ICC’s decision on the hosting of Pakistan’s matches in the World Cup before taking a formal call on the duo.

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