As a result of India’s decision not to visit Pakistan, Asia Cricket Council head Jay Shah suggested on Tuesday that the 2023 Asia Cup may be moved elsewhere. On Wednesday, the Pakistan Cricket Board reacted strongly. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) stated in its statement that it was surprised and saddened by Mr. Shah’s remarks and that such a move might affect Pakistan’s participation in the future ICC Cricket World Cup in India in 2023.
On Tuesday, Mr. Shah was elected to a second consecutive term as the secretary of the BCCI. He made the remark while attending the 91st BCCI Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Mumbai.
Here is PCB’s official statement in its entirety:
The PCB has observed with surprise and displeasure Mr. Regarding shifting the Asia Cup to a neutral site for next year, Jay Shah made some comments yesterday. The comments were made without any discussion or consultation with the Pakistan Cricket Board (the event’s host) or the Asian Cricket Council Board, and without any consideration of their long-term ramifications or repercussions.
Mr. Shah’s announcement of relocating the ACC Asia Cup has clearly been done unilaterally. He presided over the ACC meeting during which Pakistan was granted the ACC Asia Cup with an overwhelming amount of support and response from the ACC Board Members. The Asian Cricket Council was established in September 1983 as a unified Asian cricket organisation to preserve the interests of its Members and organise, develop, and promote the game of cricket in Asia. This runs counter to the idea and spirit for which it was established.
The cumulative effect of such utterances have the potential to divide the Asian and international cricketing communities, and can affect Pakistan’s travel to India for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 and subsequent ICC Events in India in the cycle from 2024 to 2031.
You may listen to the newest music only at JioSaavn.com. The ACC has yet to communicate with the PCB in an official capacity over the ACC President’s remarks. In order to discuss this significant and delicate issue, the PCB has now asked the Asian Cricket Council to arrange an emergency meeting of its Board as soon as is practically practicable.
Under Rahul Dravid’s guidance, India last visited Pakistan for a bilateral series in 2005–06. The two nations haven’t played a bilateral cricket series since Pakistan’s 2012–2013 trip of India, which included three T20Is and the same number of ODIs. They’ve just just crossed paths in the Asia Cup or other international competitions.