Ramiz Raja, the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), has launched a vicious attack on the International Cricket Council (ICC) amid the ongoing dispute between the BCCI and PCB over the Asia Cup 2023, criticizing the ICC for always taking a neutral stance whenever there are problems between India and Pakistan.

The last time India and Pakistan played bilateral cricket was during the latter’s trip in 2012–2013 when they played three ODIs and two T20Is. Additionally, India last traveled to Pakistan in 2008 for the Asia Cup. Political difficulties between the two countries have reduced their historical rivalry to the Asia Cup and ICC competitions.

Ramiz Raja was quoted by the National as saying, “They are cautious and non-disclosive because India produces the entire ICC wealth, and so their position, unfortunately, is compromised as a result. I don’t think it’s going to change unless we have a resolve and commitment in every cricket board and our cricket fraternity works towards making it happen.”

Ramiz made his statement during the current argument over the 2023 Asia Cup. India won’t go to Pakistan for the event the following year, according to Jay Shah, the BCCI secretary and president of the ACC, who has urged for a neutral location to be used instead. The PCB subsequently retaliated by stating that they will boycott both the Asia Cup and the ICC ODI World Cup, which would be hosted in India next year if Pakistan’s hosting rights were lost.

We must, of course, play off one another. Who wouldn’t like seeing India play Pakistan? No justification should be given for Pakistan or India not to play each other, Ramiz said.

The ACC has not yet had a formal meeting to resolve the issue with the 2023 event.

In an interview with Sky Cricket earlier this week, Ramiz stated his desire for India and Pakistan to revive their bilateral cricket rivalry and to host one another for such matches, but only on “equal terms.”

I’ve made it known that I support rivalries between India and Pakistan, he remarked. “I absolutely love the fans, and they like us as well – Pakistan has become a brand in international cricket, the players have got a fan following in India, and I know that the second most watched team in India after India is Pakistan, so they take interest in our development. Even if we would want to play, it must be on an even playing field. You are not allowed to serve as the cricket board’s serf. We have now endured without India for a significant amount of time. Pakistan has internally examined the economic balance and has managed to survive quite well.