BCCI & PCB can be seen in a verbal spat over Asia Cup 2023. BCCI secretary & ACC President Jay Shah has made it clear that Asia Cup 2023 won’t be staged in Pakistan and the tournament is assumed to be staged in Sri Lanka (*neutral venue). Jay Shah made it clear that not traveling to Pakistan for Asia Cup 2023 is Indian Government’s decision.
It looks unlikely that the tournament would be played in Pakistan. According to sources, it is believed that the stakeholders & sponsors aren’t interested to stage the event in Pakistan citing security issues.
Pakistan haven’t hosted Asia Cup since 2008 when Sri Lanka won the championship against all odds. PCB Chairman Najam Sethi had proposed a hybrid model and they wanted a few matches to be played in Pakistan, which was reportedly rejected by ACC members.
PCB has threatened to pull out of ODI WC 2023 if India doesn’t come to Pakistan for Asia Cup 2023. ICC needs to find a middle ground as the two nations have a huge pedigree, we witnessed in T20 WC 2021 & T20 WC 2022 how the entire World Cricket was on their seats after a thrilling finish.
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The Asia Cup 2023 is expected to be the stepping stone for the marquee ODI WC 2023 as the tournament is tentatively scheduled in September. If Pakistan refuses to play in Asia Cup 2023, then UAE would qualify for the tournament as they were the finalists for ACC Premiere Cup.
We have a meeting with ACC members- Jay Shah
Jay Shah was having an interaction with reporters after the Special General Meeting (SGM) of the Board Of Control For Cricket In India (BCCI) today (27th May) and said that the fate of Asia Cup 2023 will be decided after a meeting with ACC members. The members of Sri Lanka, Bangladesh & Afghanistan will attend IPL 2023 final at Ahmedabad.
“The future of the Asia Cup 2023 will be decided once we have a meeting with the ACC members (Test playing nations) and the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) which will be held almost after a week or so,” said Jay Shah.