Anurag Thakur’s befitting reply on Pakistani threat, PCB-showed mirror to Rameez Raja
BCCI secretary Jay Shah said last month that the Indian team will not go to Pakistan for the Asia Cup next year, after which the whole controversy started.
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The apprehension of worsening of the already closed cricket relations between India and Pakistan is increasing. The rhetoric between the Board of Control for Cricket in India and the Pakistan Cricket Board regarding next year’s Asia Cup and World Cup has started intensifying. In particular, the head of the Pakistan Cricket Board, Rameez Raja, has once again raised the issue and threatened not to come to India for the World Cup, to which Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur again gave a befitting reply saying that the time will come. Everything will be known.
BCCI secretary Jay Shah had said in a statement last month that Team India will not be sent to the neighboring country for next year’s Asia Cup in Pakistan and in such a situation the Asia Cup will have to be held at a neutral venue. After this PCB tried to threaten BCCI and had said that if this happens then even the Pakistani team will not come to India for next year’s World Cup.
‘Can’t ignore India’
Now a day before, PCB Chief Rameez Raja again lashed out and said that if the Pakistani team does not go to India for the World Cup, then no one will even watch the tournament. Former BCCI President and Sports Minister Anurag Thakur has given a befitting reply to this hollow threat of PCB.
News agency ANI quoted Thakur as saying, wait for the right time. India is a big force in the sports world and no country can ignore India.
Even when this controversy started in October, Anurag Thakur had responded to PCB’s threat in the same way.
What did Rameez Raja say?
Let us tell you that Rameez Raja, while talking to a Pakistani media recently, said that if the Indian team does not come to Pakistan for the Asia Cup next year, then he too will not send his team to India for the World Cup. He said that the Pakistani board will take an aggressive stand on this issue and considering the kind of good performance the Pakistani team is doing, if Pakistan does not play in the World Cup, no one will watch the tournament. Incidentally, like the T20 World Cup, India and Pakistan are in the same group in next year’s ODI World Cup.