Pakistan will have to shift Asia Cup to UAE if India refuse to play – Ramiz Raja

Ramiz Raja, the newly appointed chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, wants to improve relationship with the BCCI. He knows that a lot of work is required before the two nations start playing bilateral matches. The veteran recently met BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and honorary secretary, Jay Shah, during the ACC meeting in Dubai.

“A lot of work needs to be done to revitalise Pakistan-India cricket but there needs to be some comfort level between the two boards and then we can see how far we can go. So overall, we had a good discussion,” Raja told on PCB’s official website.

“I met with BCCI President Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah on the sidelines of the ACC meetings. We need to create a cricketing bond, while I have also believed that politics should stay away from the sport as much as possible and this has always been our stance,” he stated.

“The ACC was set up to create a unified approach so that we had one voice and if there was a situation, all stood together. I would like to see our relationship with other boards and the ACC to be strong so that if there is an issue like we had with the withdrawal of a couple of sides, a strong and joint statement could come out from the ACC platform,” Raja added.

Raja said that Pakistan will host the 2023 Asia Cup in the 50-overs format but the tournament may be shifted to the UAE if India refuse to play in Pakistan.