The Asian Cricket Council decided to finalize the alternate venue other than Pakistan as Indian Cricket team is not allowed to visit Pakistan for Asia Cup 2023. The alternate venue is expected to be UAE where all the Asian Cup participants will agree to come.
Board of Cricket Council of Indian Secretary Jay Shah and Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman attended a meeting in Bahrain deciding the venue for Asia Cup 2023.
The Asia Cup 2023 is scheduled in September this year, to be held in Pakistan but BCCI Chairman Jay Shah who is also chairman of ACC announced that India will not travel to Pakistan for Asia Cup. The Chairman Jay Shah announced that Asia Cup will be moved to other venue from Pakistan on which former PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja threatened India to not sent Pakistani team in ODI World Cup which is to be held in India.
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Letter to ACC
Ramiz Raja also wrote a letter to ACC asking for this unjustifiable decision. It is no doubt that UAE with three Cricket venues, Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi is a favorite spot for all Cricket matches but according to Asia Cup rules, it should be held in Pakistan.
The ACC held a constructive dialogue on upcoming Asia Cup 2023, the Board agreed to continue the decisions of timeline, schedule and other specifications but the final update on venue will be out in March according to agreement of all Asia Cup participants.
The members of ACC understood the situation and Asia Cup won’t be held in Pakistan but it also depends upon the decision of Pakistan regarding the next world cup coming in India. The two suggested alternatives for hosting Asia Cup are UAE and Sri Lanka.
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BCCI will not postpone or cancel the hosting from India in ODI World Cup, but its Pakistan’s choice to come to India or not. The Asia Cup even if held in UAE, Pakistan is still going to host it in neighboring country, said ACC Chairman Jay Shah.
In another decision, the ACC has also decided to increase the budget of Afghanistan Cricket Council to 15%. The ACC also ensured full help for reviving women Cricket in Afghanistan as Women are banned to play any kind of support under Taliban rule.