The BCCI and PCB have further strained their relations after the two cricketing boards cannot find a middle ground regarding the Asia Cup. The Asian Cricket Council was to take a decision regarding the venue for the 2023 Asia Cup. Amidst this, PCB Chief, Najaf Sethi has taken a dig at BCCI before leaving for the meeting in Dubai. The spat began last year when Jay Shah said that India will not travel to Pakistan for the multinational tournament.

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When Najaf Sethi took over as the position of the new PCB Chief, he acknowledged that the two boards will find some solution. Since then, several Pakistan players have spoken about boycotting the ODI World Cup which is to be hosted by the BCCI. Reports indicated that UAE had surfaced as an alternative destination for the Asia Cup with Pakistan maintaining the hosting rights. The ACC had also convened a discussion on the subject last month, but no formal statement was made following it.

I will also be talking to the BCCI secretary and ACC President, Jay Shah: Najaf Sethi

Najaf Sethi Takes a Dig at BCCI Ahead of the Asia Cup Venue Decision
PCB Chief Najaf Sethi

“It’s important to see how other members (of ACC) look at our stance on the 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. I have informed them about our problems and we will try and find honourable solutions to the problems. 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,” Najaf Sethi said.

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In case the BCCI and PCB do not come to a conclusion, ICC will have to interview. There is no doubt that ICC’s major chunk of revenue comes from BCCI. This has been a point of worry for Najaf Sethi and the Pakistan Cricket Board. In addition to the political tension between the two countries, safety concerns will also be into consideration while taking the final call. Asia Cup 2023 will be in a 50-over format and is likely to begin in August.

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