The location of the men’s Asia Cup for the next year is a point of contention between the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). India won’t be flying to Pakistan to compete in the continental event, according to Jay Shah, the secretary of the BCCI and head of the Asian Cricket Council, who made those announcements earlier this week. He also said that a neutral location would be chosen for the Asia Cup.

In a sharply worded statement, the PCB warned that the choice would affect Pakistan’s participation in the ODI World Cup, which is set to take place in India in 2019. However, Wasim Akram, a former captain of Pakistan’s cricket team, is only one of several former Pakistan cricketers who have severely objected to Jay Shah’s remarks. The PCB is not alone in its harsh reaction.

According to the former Pakistani captain, India “cannot prescribe” to Pakistan how to play cricket, and Shah should have spoken with PCB chairman Ramiz Raja directly if there were any concerns.

The Cricket Board has made a badi zabardast announcement. India cannot order Pakistan to play cricket. The cricket in Pakistan is 10-15 saal baad shuru hui hai. I used to play cricket and play sports, therefore I’m not familiar with current political events. However, zaroori hai is the interaction between individuals. If Jay Shah sahab is present, the chairman will be contacted by phone, and a meeting with the Asian Council will take place. I have an idea, let’s talk about it. The comment made by our cricket board was excellent. Pakistan’s cricket team cannot be controlled by India. After a pause of ten to fifteen years, Pakistan is finally hosting teams. I used to play cricket and play sports, therefore I’m not familiar with current political events. But it’s crucial to communicate. If Jay Shah felt the need to speak, he ought to have phoned the PCB chairman and called a meeting of the Asian Cricket Council. A conversation had to have taken place),” Akram stated on A Sports.

“You cannot just declare that we are not traveling. Poore council ne Pakistan ko Asia Cup jabki prize kiya hai. That’s unfair (that Pakistan was given the Asia Cup),” Akram said.

Earlier, the legendary Pakistani bowler Waqar Younis said that a nation’s pride should come before playing cricket and claimed that India “intend to harm” Pakistan.