Asia Cup 2023 Conflict: Following BCCI secretary Jay Shah’s statement that Pakistan would prefer a neutral venue for the Asia Cup, Pakistan threatened to pull out of next year’s 50-over World Cup in India. Asia Cup will be hosted by Pakistan next year as decided by the Asian Cricket Council’s executive board.
The Asian Cricket Council is headed by Shah. As Shah told reporters after Tuesday’s BCCI AGM in Mumbai, India will host the Asia Cup at a neutral venue. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ramiz Raja may withdraw from the 50-over ICC World Cup in India in 2023 after Shah’s statement.
“In light of the commercial losses that will result if Pakistan fails to play India, the PCB is now ready to take hard decisions and play hard ball,” a senior PCB source told PTI.
In international or continental events, India plays Pakistan, but has not visited the neighbouring country since 2008 Asia Cup. In 2012, Pakistan visited India for a six-match white ball bilateral series.
In response to Shah’s statement, the PCB declined to comment.
We have nothing to say at the moment, but we will take up this matter at the ICC board meeting in Melbourne next month, a spokesperson said.
PCB Chairman Raja and other senior officials were very upset with Jay Shah’s announcement that India would not travel to Pakistan next year and took some hard decisions.
According to an insider, PCB officials are surprised at the timing of Jay Shah’s statement since there is still nearly a year before the Asia Cup takes place in Pakistan in September 2023.
Despite being aware that India’s travel to Pakistan for the Asia Cup was on the BCCI AGM agenda, he did not expect any announcements or statements on the issue at this time.
The PCB is curious in what capacity Jay Shah made the statement that the ACC was looking to relocate the Asia Cup from Pakistan to the UAE, since the hosting rights were awarded by the executive board and not the president.
ACC membership could be withdrawn by PCB
PCB sources said Raja would send a strong letter to the ACC and would demand that an emergency meeting of the ACC board be convened in Melbourne next month to discuss Shah’s statement.
In addition, the insider revealed that the PCB had decided to examine several options and would not accept any disruption to its hosting rights.
As the PCB believes the ACC was formed to promote and develop cricket in the region and to forge unity among its members, pulling out will be an option being considered. It is no use for Pakistan to remain in the body if the President of the ACC makes statements like these,” he said.
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