In the last few months of the 2022 calendar year, Pakistan and India Cricket boards have fought over the Men’s Asia Cup 2023. At this point, the PCB is the host of the tournament. For the first time since 2008, the Asian country will host the continental tournament. However, the Indian Cricket Board secretary and Asian Cricket Council president Jay Shah announced that the tournament would be moved elsewhere.
He cited the strained political relations between India and Pakistan. In reply, the then-Ramiz Raja-led PCB threatened to pull out of the ODI World Cup in India. However, at this point, Raja has been sacked as the PCB chairperson and replaced by Najam Sethi. Meanwhile, on February 4 next month, both PCB and the Indian board will meet in Bahrain to discuss the matter.
Recently, Sethi announced that he has convinced his Indian counterparts to have a meeting over the tournament’s hosting.
“For some time there hasn’t been any ACC Board meeting and there were a lot of decisions being made and one of them we have challenged,” Sethi said in a press conference. “Now the good news is that we managed to convince them to have their Board meeting and I will be attending it.”
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“We have to look at what we can do but we can’t [fight] another case, but I can say that that case wasn’t handled properly and I think we didn’t give a good fight. But eventually, even judges said that if you look through the microscope this case is in favour of Pakistan but if you see this case with a telescope this is going in India’s favour. So in nutshell, with all the nitty-gritty it’s Pakistan’s case, but then their stance was that it’s the [Indian] government which isn’t allowing us [to tour Pakistan].”