PCB chairman Najam Sethi refuses to play ODI World Cup matches at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad

 PCB chairman Najam Sethi refuses to play ODI World Cup matches at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad

Najam Sethi (Source: Twitter)

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Management Committee Chairman Najam Sethi has notified the Apex Cricket Council Chairman Greg Barclay and Chief Executive Officer Geoff Allardice that the Men in Green would not play their ODI World Cup matches in Ahmedabad. According to the reports, quoting a PCB source, Sethi has made it clear to the Cricket Governing Body that Pakistan would not play at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium during the World Cup 2023 unless it is the final match of the tournament.

“Sethi has conveyed to Barclay and Allardice that Pakistan doesn’t want its matches to be scheduled in Ahmedabad unless it is a knock-out game like the final. He requested Apex Cricket Council to schedule their games in Chennai, Bengaluru, and Kolkata if the national team gets clearance from the Pakistan government to travel to India for the global event scheduled in October and November,” a source was quoted as saying.

Pakistan is not interested to travel India for ODI World Cup

The Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad has been suggested for the India vs. Pakistan World Cup 2023 match by the Indian Cricket Board. However, PCB is unsure of the location. The Cricket Governing Body leaders travelled to Lahore earlier this week to see Sethi. When they returned home, they complimented Pakistan for providing a secure environment for sports and expressed their satisfaction that it will be able to host the Champions Trophy in 2025.

The Apex Cricket Council delegation also requested Pakistan’s guarantee of their participation in the next World Cup, which is scheduled to take place in October and November in India this year. The mission hinted at mediating between the PCB and the Indian Cricket Board. Pakistan is unlikely to travel to the neighbouring country to compete in the massive 50-over competition after India decided not to visit Pakistan for the Asia Cup in 2023. A choice on the Asia Cup is likely to be made at the end of this month.


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