The tug-of-war between the Board of Cricket of India (BCCI) and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) over the right to host the 2023 Asian Cup appears to be finally drawing to a close.
According to PCB chairman Najam Sethi, Asian Cricket Council (ACC) officials organized a special meeting between the two committees to bring the controversial topic to a close.
Sethi revealed that the ACC meeting is scheduled for February 4 in Bahrain.
Back to the beginning, the war of words between PCB and BCCI was sparked after India board secretary Jay Shah made a shocking statement when the venue for the 2023 Asian Cup was confirmed. The upcoming match should be played in Pakistan. As a result, India had been expected to travel to its neighbors for cricket after more than a decade.
However, in October last year, BCCI secretary Shah, who is also the chairman of the ACC, refuted the speculation and called for a change of venue. The statement angered Pakistan’s board as they threatened to withdraw from the ICC World Cup, which will be hosted by India in October 2023.
Chairman of the PCB at the time Ramiz Raja repeated the same point In many interviews, it was more damaging to also stress that Pakistan’s bid to host the 2023 Asian Cup would be forcibly withdrawn.
PCB chairman Sethi has remained silent, refusing to comment on the matter so far. It appears he is waiting for a formal meeting to express himself in front of his superiors in the ACC. Revealing the date of the meeting, he said: “I am still not sure where we stand. We will make a decision at the meeting and monitor the situation closely.”
In addition, Sethi disclosed the latest update on BCCI requirements. As he said, the Indian cricket board is ready to welcome Pakistan to the World Cup but is still not convinced to send their team to Pakistan for the Asia Cup. “BCCI wants Pakistan to go to India, but they don’t want India to play in Pakistan. This is nothing new for us,” he said.