Another day, another shock for PCB as top players from the Pakistan cricket team gone crazy. There would be Pakistan B team in Asia Cup 2023, which will be played either in Sri Lanka or the UAE. Still Pakistan holds the hosting rights and the six nation tournament would be held in a neutral venue other than Pakistan. However, at least 3 top Pakistan cricket players ignoring their preparation for the Asia Cup 2023 and the 2023 World Cup.
India to host the ICC ODI 2023 World Cup. Pakistan objected to play their World Cup ODI match in Ahmedabad. There’s an on and off debate over how Pakistan by playing less number of Tests, ODIs and T20Is still produces top class cricket players. “Have seen lot of talent in Pakistan cricket and other sports”. Said India’s senior journalist Vikrant Gupta. In the last Asia Cup, Pakistan was in a position to win, but lost miserably to Sri Lanka in the final.
Shaheen Shah Afridi, Babar Azam, and Naseem Shah are currently attending to their personal matters. According to insider sources in Pakistan, at least one of these three individuals will soon be getting married. While both Babar and Shaheen have not publicly revealed their plans, they are actively considering potential engagement dates. It is possible that one of them will tie the knot in September, which is also the month slated for the Asia Cup 2023 to take place in a neutral location.
If even one of them were to miss the Asia Cup 2023 and the 2023 ODI World Cup, it would give the impression that Pakistan is sending a B team to these important tournaments.
Besides the T20 World Cup that is set to take place in 2024, the ODI World Cup stands as cricket’s largest tournament. The schedules for both the ODI World Cup and the Asia Cup, both set to take place in 2023, have not yet been released. If three of top Pakistan cricket players choose to not participate, Pakistan’s B team will likely play in these major tournaments.