Tuesday, June 25, 2024

“UAE Set to Replace Pakistan as Asia Cup Hosts”

The Asian Cricket Council said on Saturday that a final decision on the venue for the Asia Cup ODI tournament will be made in March, although reports emanating from India suggested that it would be shifted from Pakistan.

The Press Trust of India news agency and other sports outlets, citing senior BCCI officials, reported that an alternate venue would be decided after BCCI secretary Jay Shah and chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board’s interim management committee Najam Sethi had their first formal meeting in Bahrain on Saturday. A news release by the ACC said it held “constructive dialogue” over the Asia Cup.

“The Board agreed to continue discussions on operations, timelines, and any other specifics with a view to ensuring 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.”

All leaders of ACC member states attended the emergent meeting, which was called at the request of PCB chairman Sethi after the ACC, led by Shah, announced the continental body’s schedule without naming Pakistan as the host.

“Whether Pakistan will visit India or not for the World Cup is their choice and the ICC’s.” The BCCI and India welcome all the participating nations. As for hosting rights, Pakistan will still get to host it if it happens in the UAE. But a decision on that is still under discussion.  

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