The simmering stress between India and Pakistan cricket boards was palpable after Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Najam Sethi took a sarcastic jibe at Board of Management for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah for ‘unilaterally asserting’ the Asian Cricket Council’s two 12 months calendar. On Thursday, Shah, in his capability as ACC chairman introduced the 2023 and 2024 itinerary on his Twitter deal with with the marquee Asia Cup slotted in September this 12 months, although the detailed itinerary and the host nation haven’t been introduced but.
Pakistan is the unique host of the Asia Cup this 12 months however the BCCI will not be eager on taking part in there owing to political stress between the 2 international locations. The then Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ramiz Raja had opposed the BCCI’s stand and even threatened to boycott the 50-over World Cup in India.
Raja’s competition was that the choice to award Pakistan the internet hosting rights was taken by ACC’s Board of Administrators and Shah can’t determine about shifting the event. Sethi, who was perceived to be near earlier Indian board bigwigs, nevertheless was sharp in his response after Shah launched the calendar within the morning.
“Thanks Jay Shah for unilaterally presenting ACC construction & calendars 2023-24 particularly regarding Asia Cup 2023 for which Pakistan is the occasion host. When you are at it, you may as properly current construction & calendar of our PSL 2023! A swift response will likely be appreciated,” Sethi’s saracasm-laden tweet wasn’t misplaced on anybody.
Thanks @JayShah for unilaterally presenting @ACCMedia1 construction & calendars 2023-24 particularly regarding Asia Cup 2023 for which __ is the occasion host. When you are at it, you may as properly current construction & calendar of our PSL 2023! A swift response will likely be appreciated. https://t.co/UdW2GekAfR
— Najam Sethi (@najamsethi) January 5, 2023
The Asia Cup 2023 will likely be a six-team affair involving India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and a qualifier workforce. Sri Lanka are the defending Asia Cup champions within the UAE after they beat Pakistan within the remaining. The event was performed in T20 format due to the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia.
With India are set to host the ODI World Cup later this 12 months and the main target of all of the taking part groups being on the 50-over format, this 12 months’s Asia Cup will likely be held in that format. It’s understood that India desires the event to be shifted to UAE because of current complicated socio-political situation between cross-border nations however Pakistan’s argument has been if Australia, England and New Zealand can come and play with out concern of safety, why would they host an occasion in a impartial nation.
BCCI secretary and ACC president Jay Shah, whereas releasing the calendar for the subsequent two years, stated the schedule ‘alerts our unparalleled efforts and fervour to take this sport to new heights. With cricketers throughout international locations gearing up for spectacular performances, it guarantees to be a superb time for cricket’.
A complete of 145 ODI and T20I matches will likely be performed through the two-year cycle (between 2023-2024) introduced by ACC. There will likely be 75 video games in 2023 and 70 video games in 2024. Additionally, the Rising (U23) Asia Cup is again and will likely be held within the 50-over format in July this 12 months for males and contain eight groups. The event subsequent 12 months will likely be held in December however in T20 format.
(with PTI inputs)