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Asia Cup 2023: BCCI, PCB expected to be at odds over venue change as ACC meeting scheduled for February 4 in Bahrain

Tempers could flare in Bahrain on February 4 when the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) meeting takes place in Bahrain on February 4. The ACC meeting will be chaired by President Jay Shah and the other members of the council, including Pakistan Cricket Board Chief Jay Shah. BCCI and PCB will disagree in the meeting on the change of venue of the 2023 Asia Cup, according to a report in Cricbuzz. The hosting rights for Asia Cup 2023 were previously transferred to Pakistan by ACC. However, Jay Shah, who is also the BCCI secretary, said while speaking to Indian media that Indian players cannot travel to Pakistan due to political reasons and the tournament will have to move to a neutral venue.

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At the time, former PCB President Ramiz Raja had made it clear through a statement that if India does not fly to Pakistan, the Men In Green will not come for the ODI World Cup later in October. The Asia Cup would be held in a 50-over format this year as this is the ODI World Cup year and the best Asian sides can properly prepare for the big-ticket event. Last year, in the T20 World Cup cycle, Asia Cup was a T20 event.

The change of location could be a bone of contention between BCCI and PCB as current PCB boss Najam Sethi takes the same stance as Raja. Sethi had blasted Jay Shah when he announced the council’s program. Sethi was angry that even when PCB hosted the Asia Cup, they were not aware of the schedule and calendar.

“Thank you @JayShah for unilaterally presenting @ACCMedia1 structure and calendars 2023-24 especially regarding Asia Cup 2023 for which Pakistan is the host of the event. While you are at it, you might as well review the structure and presenting our PSL 2023 calendar! A quick response would be appreciated (sic),” Sethi had said in a social media post.

Shah has maintained the position that India cannot go to Pakistan to play a cricket match without the approval of the Indian government. At the same time, PCB was determined to host the tournament as in their case it will further help make the return of international cricket to the country a routine affair. However, according to the report, PCB has no support from other members in this matter.

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