‘We additionally used to obtain threats from India…’: Afridi on Asia Cup scenario | Cricket

On Thursday, it was reported that the Board of Management for Cricket in India (BCCI) will push for a ‘hybrid’ mannequin for Asia Cup this yr, with India matches happening at a impartial venue whereas Pakistan host the remainder of the match. If the 2 nations qualify for the ultimate, it will be performed at a impartial venue as effectively. There have been vital speculations over the continental match with robust responses from each nations over internet hosting points; former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi additionally spoke intimately about the identical throughout his stint on the Legends League Cricket Masters in Qatar.

Former Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi(AFP)

Afridi was requested about each nations’ stance of not visiting one another for cricketing causes, and the previous Pakistan captain mentioned that in addition they used to obtain “safety threats” from India; nonetheless, that was by no means the rationale to not go to the nation.

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“So far as Pakistan’s safety is anxious, worldwide groups have visited us. Gamers are nonetheless there, they’re having fun with it lots. We additionally used to obtain safety threats from India, however at any time when the boards and governments are on the identical web page, the tour was on. If they do not, we’re giving extra leverage to those that need to unfold hate, and those that don’t need cricket to happen between the 2 nations,” Afridi instructed Sports activities Yaari.

“I imagine, I’ve mentioned this many instances, I’ve loved cricket in 2 nations essentially the most — Australia and India. The love I acquired in India, I by no means anticipated that. We need to play in India, they need to see us play. Even right here, there are a lot of Indians within the crowd, they meet us, take autographs. Cricket is the very best diplomacy. I would like, from my coronary heart, that Pakistan and India ought to have good relations and develop their power,” Afridi additional said.

After the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) assembly in Bahrain in mid-March ended and not using a decision, members converged for 2 additional rounds of casual discussions in Dubai. The BCCI group included Arun Dhumal, the pinnacle of the IPL governing council, and the BCCI secretary Jay Shah. The PCB, which is able to host the 2023 Asia Cup, was represented by its chair Najam Sethi.

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