Decision on Asia Cup put off; ACC to take a call next month


Decision on Asia Cup put off; ACC to take a call next month

by  Vijay Tagore  •  Last updated on Sat, Feb 4, 2023

The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has put off a decision on the Asia Cup. At a meeting in Bahrain on Saturday, about which Cricbuzz was first to report, it was decided that the members would continue “constructive dialogue” over the hosting of the Asia Cup, scheduled for August-September this year, and finalise the venue of the championship at another meeting next month.

The venue for the continental championship has become a sticky issue after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) made it clear that the Indian team would not travel to Pakistan, which was originally allotted the hosting rights.

The general impression at the Bahrain meeting was that the India-Pakistan diplomatic standoff should not be allowed to influence the ACC matters, but in reality the matter proved hard to navigate for the members.

The PCB bosses, current and former, have been maintaining that they would boycott the event as well the World Cup in October-November in India, if the Indian team did not take part in the Asia Cup. In that backdrop, a sub-plot of the Bahrain meeting was the equation between BCCI secretary Jay Shah and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi.

It is understood that the BCCI has insisted that the tournament will have to be moved for the Indian team to participate, with the PCB retaining the hosting rights, a formula that was followed for last year’s Asia Cup, which was staged in the UAE with the BCCI being the designated hosts.

For the record, the ACC said in a statement, “The ACC had a constructive dialogue on the upcoming Asia Cup 2023. The Board agreed to continue discussions on operations, timelines and any other specifics with a view to ensure the success of the tournament. An update on the matter would be taken at the next ACC Executive Board Meeting to be held in March 2023

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