Source: Cricket Addictor

Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has questioned the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) decision to boycott the 2023 World Cup if it is held in India.

In an interview with BBC Urdu, Afridi said that he was “surprised” by the PCB’s decision. He said that cricket is a sport and that politics should not get in the way of it.


“I don’t understand why they (PCB) are so adamant and keep saying that we won’t go to India,” Afridi said. “Cricket is a sport and we should not let politics get in the way of it.”

Afridi’s comments have been met with mixed reactions. Some people have supported him, saying that the PCB should not boycott the World Cup. Others have criticized him, saying that he is not qualified to comment on the issue.

Shahid Afridi, Najam Sethi in disagreement over the 2023 World Cup issue - Pakistan Observer
Source: Pakistan observer

What should PCB do?

The PCB has not yet responded to Afridi’s comments. However, it is likely that the PCB will stick to its decision to not play in the World Cup if it is held in India.

The security situation in India is a major concern for the PCB. India has a long history of terrorist attacks, and the PCB is worried about the safety of its players and officials. The PCB is also concerned about the safety of Pakistani fans who would travel to India to watch the World Cup.

Politics effecting sports

The political climate between Pakistan and India is also a major concern for the PCB. The two countries have a long history of rivalry and tension. In addition, the financial implications of a boycott are also a major concern for the PCB. The PCB would lose out on a significant amount of revenue if it boycotted the World Cup. The PCB would also lose out on the opportunity to promote Pakistan cricket on the world stage.

The PCB is facing a difficult decision. There are a number of factors that the PCB is considering, and there is no easy answer. The PCB will need to weigh all of the factors carefully before making a decision.

Najam Sethi Responds

Najam Sethi, the chairman of the PCB management committee, has responded to Afridi’s criticism. Sethi said that the PCB’s decision to boycott the World Cup if it is held in India is a “political” one.

“This is a political decision and it is not up to Shahid Afridi to comment on it,” Sethi said. “The PCB has taken this decision after careful consideration of all the factors involved.”

Najam Sethi hits back at Shahid Afridi over World Cup comment
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Sethi said that the PCB is not “boycotting” India. He said that the PCB is simply not playing in the World Cup if it is held in India.

“We are open to playing in the World Cup if it is held in a neutral venue,” Sethi said. “We are also open to playing in the World Cup if it is held in India, but only if the security situation is guaranteed.”

Is this the right decision?

Sethi’s response has been met with mixed reactions. Some people have supported Sethi, saying that the PCB is right to take a political stance. Others have criticized Sethi, saying that the PCB is making a mistake by boycotting the World Cup.

The PCB’s decision to boycott the World Cup if it is held in India is a controversial one. There are a number of factors that the PCB is considering, and there is no easy answer. The PCB will need to weigh all of the factors carefully before making a decision.

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