After former Pakistan skipper Javed Miandad hit out at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) over India not playing in Pakistan for the Asia Cup, former Indian cricketer Venkatesh Prasad has come out with an epic one-line reply. It is to be noted that Asian Cricket Council (ACC) President and BCCI Secretary Jay Shah had confirmed that India will not travel to Pakistan for the continental tournament and the event will be shifted to a neutral venue, either UAE or Sri Lanka.
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The former Indian speedster shut down Javed Miandad’s remark that the latter made at a private event, which went viral on the internet. Miandad was quoted as saying, “Nahi aate toh bhaad mein jaye. Hume koi farak nahi padte. Aao khelo, khelte kyu nahi hai? Bhaagte hai (India can go to hell if they don’t want to come to Pakistan to play cricket. Pakistan do not need India to survive. Why is India afraid to play against Pakistan? They know if they lose to Pakistan, their public will not spare them)”.
In reply, the former India player in a tweet said, “But they are refusing to go to hell”.
The PCB Chairman Najam Sethi had called for an emergency meeting last week after Jay Shah confirmed that the Men in Blue will not travel for the Asia Cup in Pakistan due to security reasons. However, the decision has now been halted and the second round of Executive Board meeting of ACC members has been shifted to March 2023.
M eanwhile, Indian all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin also reacted amid the ongong Asia Cup 2023 controversy. Ashwin in a video on his YouTube channel said that it is not possible for Pakistan team to skip the ODI World Cup after the PCB Chairman threatened to pull out of the World Cup.
“Aisa Cup was supposed to take place in Pakistan. But, India has announced that if it takes place in Pakistan, then we won’t be participating. If you want us to participate, then do change the venue,” said Ashwin.
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