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"Is Ahmedabad Pitch Haunted?": Shahid Afridi Questions Pakistan Cricket Board Over World Cup Stance

Shahid Afridi strongly criticized the Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) reluctance to participate in the 2023 Cricket World Cup held in Ahmedabad. Although an official declaration is still pending, the highly anticipated India-Pakistan match is expected to take place at Narendra Modi Stadium, the largest cricket stadium in the world.

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Shahid Afridi former Pakistan Cricketer

The Asia Cup's hybrid model proposal, put forth by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), has been accepted by the Asian Cricket Council (ACC). According to ACC's statement, four matches will be hosted by Pakistan, while the remaining nine games will take place in Sri Lanka. Although PCB's proposal of hybrid model for Asia Cup has been accepted by ACC, it is uncertain whether Pakistan will travel to India for the World Cup. Rumor has it that India and Pakistan are scheduled to compete against each other in Ahmedabad during the World Cup, but the PCB has expressed their reluctance to play at the Narendra Modi Stadium.

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During a recent appearance, Afridi, however, questioned the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) over the rationale behind their refusal to participate in Ahmedabad.

"Why are they declining to play on Ahmedabad pitches? Does it hurl fire or is it haunted? Go and play - go, play and win. If these are the foreseen challenges, then the only way to overcome them is through a comprehensive victory,"

The former all-rounder, aged 46, strongly believes that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) should take the matter seriously. Instead of just talking off the field, they should focus on their performance and aim to defeat India on their home ground.

"What matters at the end of the day is Pakistan team's win. The crux only and only lies in there. Take this rather positively. If they are comfortable there, you should go, pull a victory in front of packed Indian crowd and show them what you got," he added.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has not yet released the official schedule for the upcoming World Cup, which is scheduled to take place following the conclusion of the Asia Cup.

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