India has big clout: PCB chairman Najam Sethi on Asia Cup 2023 hosting issue

BCCI secretary Jay Shah has time and again said that India will not travel to Pakistan for the Asia Cup 2023.

Najam Sethi | PCB/TwitterEarlier this year, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) announced that the Men's ODI Asia Cup 2023 will take place in September. However, there’s still uncertainty over the venue of Asia Cup 2023.

Pakistan have the hosting rights but BCCI officials have time and again reiterated that India will not travel and the event would be shifted to a neutral venue.

As of today, the Pakistan Cricket Board has not agreed to the demand, leading to a deadlock. On Saturday (March 18), PCB chairman Najam Sethi said that support of other ACC members will be important on the issue of hosting the Asian Cup but acknowledged that India have big clout in the continental body.

“It’s important to see how other members (of ACC) look at our stance on Asia Cup. What they think is important, but in the end we must realise how much clout the BCCI with its financial power carries in world cricket,” said Sethi at a press conference, ahead of his departure for Dubai to attend ACC and ICC meetings.

“I have been in contact with senior members of ACC. I have informed them about our problems and we will try and find honourable solutions to the problems,” he added.

Sethi is so keen to organize the Asia Cup in Pakistan that he had not only taken legal opinion but also held informal consultations with the foreign office and government officials over this issue.

“I have held informal consultations and taken the government opinion as well and this time we have also taken all legal advice for what stance we can take at these meetings,” he said.

After the ACC meeting in Bahrain last month, the PCB had threatened to boycott the 2023 ODI World Cup in India if the arch-rivals refuse to travel to Pakistan for the Asia Cup.

“I will also be talking to the BCCI secretary and ACC President, Jay Shah. I will see how the meetings go and then come back and after consulting relevant authorities take a final decision on whether we will send our team to India for the World Cup,” Sethi said.

(With PTI Inputs)


By Salman Anjum - 18 Mar, 2023

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