World Cup 2023: Another another demand! Pakistan declines to take on Afghanistan in a pregame game.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) doesn't seem to be interested in playing an exhibition game versus Afghanistan before the ICC 2023 World Cup.
According to Geo News sources, the PCB wants to face a non-Asian team in the exhibition game because it would already be playing Afghanistan in the Asia Cup before the ODI World Cup.
The PCB has also written to the International Cricket Council in this respect (ICC).
PCB has other objectives ahead of the 2023 World Cup.
The PCB has also requested that the ICC change the venue of their matches against Australia and Afghanistan prior to the 2023 World Cup in India.
According to a report by ESPNcricinfo, Pakistan has asked the ICC to change the venues of the aforementioned games since doing so would make them "favourites." According to the tentative schedule, they will face Australia in Bengaluru and Afghanistan in Chennai.
"Australia in Bengaluru and Afghanistan in Chennai are the two we should look to get changed as much as possible," the PCB wrote in an internal memo.
"Ideally, we can reverse these. In both matches against Australia in Chennai and Afghanistan in Bengaluru, we would be the clear favourites.
The PCB has stated that all but three of Pakistan's games, including the match against India on October 15, are subject to change.
India will have the advantage in Ahmedabad, but given what that venue represents for the BCCI and what this game means for the World Cup, I expect things will alter.
"Lucknow would also be a suitable location for us, given the general population there. Delhi would be beneficial for us as well against most opponents. We can move the England game to Chennai or Lucknow if there is a third change.
The official schedule for the ICC Cricket World Cup may be made public on June 27, 100 days prior to the event's scheduled start date on October 5.