Najam Sethi Told Jay Shah ‘If India Doesn’t Come To Pakistan, Pakistan Won’t Come To India’

    Asia Cup 2023 hosting

    The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) continue to be at odds over hosting the Asia Cup in 2023, and the ACC meeting, which was called at Najam Sethi’s request, came to a halt.

    The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) president and BCCI secretary Jay Shah has been clear that India will not go to Pakistan for the event, which will be held in Pakistan and will be played in the ODI format.

    When former PCB chairman Ramiz Raja told the BCCI that their choice might have major repercussions because Pakistan might possibly withdraw from the ODI World Cup in India, things between the two cricket boards heated up.

    The issue was discussed during a meeting of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) on Saturday between BCCI President Shah and PCB Chairman Sethi in Bahrain.

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE), as it did the year before, will reportedly host the competition, however, the exact location has not yet been chosen.

    Pakistan will consider not playing

    Sethi told Shah at the meeting that Pakistan would not participate in the World Cup that would be held in India in October-November if India backed out of the event in September, according to numerous media reports.

    “The PCB took particular exception to that and ESPNCricinfo understands that on Saturday their chief Najam Sethi told Shah that if India doesn’t play in Pakistan, Pakistan will consider not playing in India for the 2023 World Cup,” ESPN Cricinfo’s report read.

    A final decision on the venue is expected to be taken in March when the ICC and ACC Executive Board meetings take place one after the other.

    India and Pakistan are in the same group for Asia cup 2023

    Setting up the most awaited India vs Pakistan match, both teams were placed in the same group for the Men’s ODI Asia Cup. The Men’s ODI Asia Cup 2023 will take place in September, the Asia Cricket Council President Jay Shah announced on Thursday.

    The continental tournament organizers have placed India and Pakistan in the same group as Qualifier 1.

    Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka make up the other group. Notably, the announcement made no mention of the Asia Cup 2023’s venue.

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