Jay Shah to Attend ACC Meeting in Bahrain to Decide Asia Cup Hosting Rights

Last Update: February 03, 2023, 21:08 IST

Jay Shah has already publicly stated that the Indian team will not go to Pakistan.  (AFP photo)

Jay Shah has already publicly stated that the Indian team will not go to Pakistan. (AFP photo)

There is little chance that the BCCI will change its stand despite the PCB calling an emergency meeting in Bahrain.

Indian Cricket Board Secretary Jay Shah has left for Bahrain where an emergency meeting of Asian was held. Cricket Council (ACC) has been called at the behest of PCB chairman Najam Sethi to decide the fate of Pakistan’s Asia Cup hosting rights.

If BCCI sources are to be believed then there is little possibility of Asia Cup being held in Pakistan in September.

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Even if this happens, the tournament will either be shifted to the UAE, with the PCB retaining the hosting rights, or Sri Lanka could be another option.

Jai is in Bahrain for the ACC meeting. BCCI’s stand will not change. We will not travel to Pakistan as we have not received any green signal from the government.”

It is also understood that the recent Peshawar bombings have again raised security concerns about holding cricket tournaments in Pakistan.

In December last year, ACC president Shah had released the continental body’s schedule and did not mention the venue of the Asia Cup.

This led to Sethi accusing Shah of taking a “unilateral decision”, a charge which the ACC officially rejected, saying that repeated emails to the PCB seeking recommendations on the itinerary went unanswered.

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In October last year, Shah, who is also the supremo of the ACC, officially told the media India Will not go to Pakistan.

The then PCB chief Rameez Raja had then threatened that Pakistan would not travel to India for this year’s 50-over World cup.

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