In his first official response to Shah’s statement that India would like to play the continental tournament at a neutral venue and not tour Pakistan, the pcb said “such statements could spoil the Asian and international cricket communities” and impact Pakistan’s visit to India for the 2023 World Cup.
Shah, who made the statement after the BCCI AGM on Tuesday, also happens to be the ACC president.
“The overall impact of such statements has the potential to divide the Asian and international cricket communities, and could affect Pakistan’s visit to India for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 and future ICC events in India in the 2024-2031 cycle.
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“To date, the PCB has not received any official communication or clarification from the ACC regarding the statement of the ACC President. As such, the PCB has now requested the Asian Cricket Council to convene an emergency meeting of its Council as soon as practicable to discuss this important and sensitive matter,” the PCB said.
Pakistan has been awarded hosting rights for the Asia Cup to be held before the ODI World Cup in India in October-November.
The T20 Asia Cup held last month had to be shifted from Sri Lanka to the UAE amid the economic crisis in the island nation.
The 2018 Asia Cup, which was scheduled to be held in India, was shifted to the UAE after the BCCI failed to secure approval from government security agencies to host Pakistan.
India and Pakistan only play each other in Asian and ICC events due to the political tension between the two countries. India last toured Pakistan in 2008 while Pakistan’s last series in India came in 2012-13.
The PCB said Shah’s statement was surprising and disappointing at the same time.
“The PCB has noted with surprise and disappointment yesterday’s comments made by the ACC President, Mr Jay Shah regarding the shifting of next year’s Asia Cup to a neutral venue.
“The comments were made without any discussion or consultation with the Board of the Asian Cricket Council or the Pakistan Cricket Board (event host) and without any thought about its long-term consequences and implications.
“After presiding over the ACC meeting during which Pakistan was awarded the ACC Asia Cup with an overwhelming support and response from the ACC council members, Mr Shah’s statement of the shifting of the ACC Asia Cup was clearly one-sided,” it said. added.
The officials of both the PCB and BCCI will be confronted with the issue at the International Cricket Council’s board meeting in Melbourne next month. The ICC is yet to comment on the matter.
A top official of an Asian cricket nation hoped the matter would be sorted amicably and said there is no Asia Cup without India or Pakistan.
“This is the biggest match of the Asia Cup and with either team missing, the tournament does not make sense. There is a lot of time left but I hope the issue is sorted. The neutral venue is the best option if the BCCI decides against it to send his team to Pakistan,” the official told PTI.