ACC calls emergency meeting to discuss Asia Cup venue on PCB chairman’s request
Manama, 24 January (Hindustan Times). The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) will hold an emergency meeting on February 4 in Bahrain to discuss the venue of the 2023 Asia Cup following a request by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi.
The PCB expressed disagreement about the ACC calendar announced by ACC President and Cricket Board of India (BCCI) Secretary Jay Shah in Bahrain and said that the calendar was announced without consulting the Pakistan Board. The calendar was unveiled by ACC President Jay Shah on 5 January.
Sethi was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo, “There has been no ACC board meeting for a while and a lot of decisions were being taken and one of them we have challenged. Now the good news is that we managed to persuade them to have a board meeting and I am attending it.”
During the tenure of former PCB chairman Rameez Raja, tensions between the two boards were on the rise, especially over the venue of the 2023 Asia Cup, which is scheduled to be held in Pakistan in September.
However, soon after the BCCI meeting in October, Shah announced that the tournament would take place at a neutral venue, as India could not travel to Pakistan.
Sethi took an aggressive stand during his last stint and sued the BCCI for breach of contract for playing bilateral series in 2014 and 2015. The PCB argued that this was unfair.
The ICC Disputes Resolution Committee, however, rejected PCB’s claim, saying there was only a “moral responsibility” in the agreement between the boards and not a legal one. As a result, the PCB was forced to pay a huge settlement to the BCCI.
Sethi returned to the PCB as chairman last month after Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif sacked Raja and his board to ensure that a management committee could be set up to look after cricket-related matters. .
Sethi said, “We have to see what we can do but we cannot fight another case but I can say that case was not handled properly and I think we did not give a good fight . But finally, even the judge said that if you look through a microscope, this case is going in favor of Pakistan but if you look at this case through a telescope, it is going in favor of India. So in short, it is a matter of Pakistan with all the nuances, but then the stand of the BCCI was that the Government of India is not giving permission to tour Pakistan.”
The volatile political relationship between India and Pakistan has led to a decline in cricketing ties between the two countries. Since Pakistan’s limited overs tour of India in 2012–13, India and Pakistan have not faced each other in a bilateral series.
The Indian men’s team has not played a match in Pakistan since 2008, even though Pakistan last toured India for the 2016 T20 World Cup. Their interactions have been limited to ICC and ACC events.
After years of isolation in the wake of the 2009 attack on Sri Lanka’s team bus in Lahore, Pakistan has resumed hosting international cricket matches regularly over the past three years, with almost all full members (except India) traveling there. are doing.