Najam Sethi gives clear message to ICC on World Cup matches in Ahmedabad: Indian media

Pakistan want to play in Chennai, Bengaluru and Kolkata

By Web Desk
June 07, 2023
PCB head Najam Sethi (L) with ICC chairman Greg Barclay (R) during his visit to Lahore in the first week of June - AFP

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) management committee's chairman Najam Sethi has told International Cricket Council (ICC) Chairman Greg Barclay and Chief Executive Officer Geoff Allardice that the green shirts will not play their World Cup matches in Ahmedabad. 

The Press Trust of India, while citing a PCB source, reported that Sethi has made it clear to the ICC bosses that Pakistan will not play in Ahmedabad during World Cup unless it's a final match.

"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 final," the Indian media outlet quoted a source. "He requested ICC to schedule their games in Chennai, Bengaluru and Kolkata if national team gets clearance from Pakistan government to travel to India for the global event scheduled in October and November," the source added as per the media report. 

It must be noted here that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) wants to schedule Pakistan vs India match at Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad. However, PCB has reservations about the venue.

The ICC heads traveled to Lahore earlier last week to meet Sethi. On their return, they declared Pakistan a peaceful country for sports and expressed their satisfaction with the country's capability to host the 2025 Champions Trophy.

Furthermore, the ICC delegation hinted at playing a mediating role between the PCB and the BCCI while seeking assurance from Pakistan regarding their participation in the upcoming World Cup, scheduled in October-November in India this year.

After India refused to travel to Pakistan for Asia Cup, there are chances that Pakistan might also not go to the neighbouring country for playing the 50-over format mega event. The decision on Asia Cup is expected at the end of this month.