PCB Hoping to Discuss Asia Cup Hosting Issue With BCCI Secretary Jay Shah in Dubai: Report

Last Update: January 11, 2023, 12:50 PM IST

Najam Sethi was recently named PCB chairman.  (AFP photo)

Najam Sethi was recently named PCB chairman. (AFP photo)

Last year Jay Shah had said that Asia Cup 2023 will be shifted out of Pakistan

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi intends to hold talks with Jay Shah about his country’s Asia Cup hosting rights if the BCCI secretary decides to attend the opening ceremony of the International T20 league on Thursday.

“Najm will use this opportunity to work on relations with ACC members and ensure that the Asia Cup is held in Pakistan in September this year. Basically, Najam is also going as he has been told that there is a strong possibility of BCCI chief Jay Shah also attending. PTI on conditions of anonymity.

However, there is no confirmation from the BCCI whether its top boss or any other functionary will attend the opening ceremony.

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Also the other big question is if Shah attends the event as ACC President and BCCI Secretary, would he like to entertain the PCB chairman for an informal chat?

Shah had said last year as ACC president that the Asia Cup would be shifted out of Pakistan and the then PCB chief Rameez Raja had retaliated by threatening that his country would be shifted out of Pakistan. World Cup in India.

Recently, Sethi had taken a sarcastic jibe at Shah after the ACC president released a two-year travel schedule, which the PCB chief alleged was not discussed with his board.

The ACC came out strongly in its chairman’s defense as he issued a press statement clarifying that the PCB had come up with its preferred recommendation after the Emirates Cricket Board invited the heads of all the major cricket boards and were present during the sethi. did not come back with The opening day where it looks to hold talks with its other ACC partners to garner Pakistan’s support to retain its hosting rights for the ODI Asia Cup in September.

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Sethi believes that the PCB needs to have a better relationship with the ACC members whose support is necessary to organize the Asia Cup in Pakistan.

Najam, a former ACC president, will assure all the members that Pakistan is completely safe to host the regional event and all the teams. India Should send their teams,” he said.

The PCB source said there was a feeling in the board that former chairman Rameez had gone overboard with his threats to the ACC and the BCCI and the PCB first needed to ensure that it was capable of hosting the Asia Cup and the 2025 Champions Trophy.

“If Shah comes to Dubai, Sethi will be allowed to meet him personally or separately with other BCCI officials and discuss the issue of India sending its team to Pakistan for the Asia Cup.” The source said that Sethi will also visit the ICC headquarters and meet top officials to discuss hosting the 2025 Champions Trophy in Pakistan as well as the World Cup to be held in India this year.

Sethi’s decision to accept the ECB’s invitation is significant as the PCB was bitter with the former during Rameez’s tenure after the former chairman publicly discouraged Pakistani players from participating in the league.

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