If BCCI is willing for neutral venue for 2023 Asia Cup then PCB should also be willing for same during next World Cup in India, says Saeed Anwar

'What is BCCI's problem,' questioned the former Pakistan cricketer

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Many reports suggested that India will be travelling to Pakistan for the next year's Asia Cup tournament which got fans from both nations excited. But, in the latest developments, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah confirmed that team India will not be traveling to Pakistan for the Asia Cup 2023 so the tournament will be held at a neutral venue.

According to the ICC FTP schedule, Pakistan are scheduled to host Asia Cup 2023 and ICC Champions Trophy 2025. India last played in Pakistan in 2008 in a bilateral series and both nations have been limited to playing in only Asia Cup or ICC tournaments on the natural venue in recent times. Jay Shah was re-elected as BBCI Secretary in the board's annual general meeting in Mumbai on Tuesday and was quick to confirm the board's decision to look for a neutral venue for the next edition of the Asia Cup.

"The Asia Cup 2023 will be held at a neutral venue. I am saying this as ACC President. We [India] can't go there [to Pakistan], they can't come here. In the past also, Asia Cup has been played at a neutral venue," Shah said to the media on Tuesday.

Saeed Anwar reacts on India's decision of not travelling to Pakistan next year

This has irked many cricketing fans, especially in Pakistan, who have reacted angrily to Shah's comments. The former Pakistani opener Saeed Anwar has also reacted to India's decision and suggested that Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) should also look at another neutral venue when India host the ICC one-day World Cup in 2023 in his recent tweet.

"When all international teams and international cricketers come to Pakistan for @OfficialPSL, what is @BCCI's problem? If BCCI is willing to go to a neutral venue, then @TheRealPCB should also be willing to go to a neutral venue for the WC in India next year. #PAKvIND #Cricket," he tweeted.

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