Jay Shah-led Asian Cricket Council mum on Asia Cup hosts
The change of guard in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will in no way change their stand towards the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
On Thursday, PCB’s new chief Najam Sethi, who recently replaced Ramiz Raja, took a dig at BCCI secretary Jay Shah, who is also the president of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC), for “unilaterally presenting” the calendar for 2023 and 2024.
Shah released the list of ACC’s men’s and women’s tournaments on Twitter, with a total of 145 matches set to be held during the period. Hours later, the PCB chief prodded the BCCI secretary to also present the structure and calendar of this year’s Pakistan Super League.
“Thank you Jay Shah for unilaterally presenting ACC structure and calendars 2023- 24 especially relating to Asia Cup 2023 for which (Pakistan) is the event host. While you are at it, you might as well present structure and calendar of our PSL 2023! A swift response will be appreciated,” Sethi tweeted in the evening.
Shah confirmed that the 50-over Asia Cup will be held in September but refrained from mentioning the hosts. Pakistan have the hosting rights but Shah had clarified after the BCCI’s annual general meeting in October that the tournament would move to a neutral venue as India would not travel to Pakistan.
The PCB had then come out strongly against Shah’s statement saying the decision was made “unilaterally” and raised the prospect of an “impact” on Pakistan’s participation in the 2023 World Cup as well as ICC events in India during the 2024-2031 cycle.
Barring bilateral series, both the Boards have a mutual understanding of visiting each other’s country in multi-nation events.
If Pakistan do not participate in the World Cup, it could face sanctions from the ICC, including a hefty fine.