Shahid Afridi called Jay Shah, the secretary of the BCCI, and the president of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC), who commented, “childish,” adding that the PCB has the right to leave the council if India does not visit Pakistan for the 2023 Asia Cup. Jay Shah said a little over a week ago that the Asia Cup would be moved out of Pakistan and played in a neutral location as India won’t be allowed to go there. Famous former cricketers in Pakistan who are now retired have harshly criticized the remarks. The PCB has threatened to pull out of the ODI World Cup in India in 2023 if the team led by Rohit Sharma doesn’t go to Pakistan for the Asia Cup.

The remark, according to Afridi, was prepared in a hurry. It was made worse, in Afridi’s opinion, by the fact that it occurred only a few days before India and Pakistan’s T20 World Cup match in Melbourne, which India won with the very last ball.

“Yahoo, BCCI ne bachkana harqat ki hai. Koi baat nahi agar decision unhe yahi lena tha World Cup k baad le lete, toda time le lete. Usse pahle is tarike ka bayan dena mere khayal se jaldbaazi thi, World Cup ka match between India and Pakistan. Cricket is an important relationship in our society, says Hamesha. In 2003–2004, when India first opened its doors, humne jis tarha hame welcome ki gaya wo dono desho k relationship ko mazboot karta hai. (The BCCI made a naive remark.) Jitni cricket hogi utni relationship behtar rahenge They needed to take their time. There was no need for such a declaration before the next World Cup game. India and Pakistan have traditionally been united by cricket, which has boosted bilateral relations. I still recall the great reception the Indian team had in Pakistan in 2003–04 and how welcomed we were in India. Afridi said on ABP News that the more matches India and Pakistan play, the better off their ties would be.

The dashing former all-rounder advised Pakistan to think about leaving the ACC if their demands are not granted.

Role of the ICC is “ismein bohut zyada hai.” If India doesn’t win the Asia Cup, the game will still go on. But if that doesn’t happen, Pakistan’s alternative is the ACC’s bahar jane ka. Toh hume alag rakh lena chaie ACC se agar hamari batein nahi suni ja rahi. (ICC is important in this situation. Pakistan may choose to leave the ACC if India chooses not to go to compete in the Asia Cup, he said.

At the moment, India and Pakistan only participate in ICC and Asia Cup competitions. The two nations’ most recent bilateral series took place in 2012–13 when Pakistan visited India for a three-match ODI series.