The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) is expected to move the Asian Cup from Pakistan and decide on an alternative venue in March as BCCI secretary Jay Shah and PCB president Najam Sethi discuss the matter in a key meeting. awake in Bahrain on Saturday. All the heads of the ACC member states attended the emergency meeting convened by order of Sethi after the continental body announced its itinerary and Pakistan was not selected as the host of the Ball Cup. Asian stone.
Originally, the Asian Cup was held for Pakistan and was scheduled to be held in September this year but Shah, who is also the president of the ACC, announced last October that India would not go to Pakistan due to tensions. diplomacy between the two countries.
“ACC had a constructive dialogue about the upcoming 2023 Asian Cup. The Board of Directors has agreed to continue discussing activities, timetables and any other specifics to ensure The success of the tournament.An update on this matter will be provided on the following day the ACC Executive Board Meeting will be held in March 2023,” the ACC said in a statement.
Although a decision will not be made until next month, a senior BCCI official familiar with the developments told PTI that it is highly unlikely that Pakistan will host the tournament.
“With India deciding not to go to Pakistan, the tournament will have to change. A tournament without Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill will cause sponsors to withdraw,” the official said.
An ACC insider said Sethi had just taken over the PCB and if he ceded the right to host at the first meeting, it would lead to a bad impression at home.
Pakistan is currently going through an economic crisis. Inflation has hit the country hard as one USD currently equals 277 Pakistani Rupees. Holding a famous tournament like the Asian Cup, even if the ACC pays a sponsorship can make PCB budget deficit.
So, strategically, if the tournament is held in the UAE, there is a good chance that all member states will also make money in addition to broadcast revenue.
In another decision, the ACC decided to increase the annual budget allocated to the Afghan Cricket Association to 15 percent from six.
The ACC has assured that it will help the Afghan board in any way possible so that women’s cricket can be revived in the country. Women were banned from playing sports under Taliban rule.
The Executive Board also approved the inclusion of teams from Japan and Indonesia to participate in tournaments according to the ACC’s roadmap to participate in events as guests.
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