LAHORE: A ‘disappointed’ Pakistan Cricket Board Wednesday asked the Asian Cricket Council convene an emergency meeting following the secretary of the BCCI Jay Shahsaid India will not travel to Pakistan for next year’s Asian Cup.
In his first official response to Shah’s statement that India would like to play the continental tournament in a neutral venue and not visit Pakistan, the pcb said that “such statements can upset the Asian and international cricketing communities” and can impact Pakistan’s visit to India for the 2023 World Cup.
Shah, who made the statement after the BCCI AGM on Tuesday, is also the president of the ACC.
“The overall impact of such statements has the potential to divide the Asian and international cricketing communities, and may impact Pakistan’s visit to India for the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup and future ICC India events at during the 2024-2031 cycle.

“The PCB has not to date received any official communication or clarification from the ACC on the ACC President’s statement. As such, the PCB has now requested the Asian Cricket Council to convene a meeting of urgency of its Board of Directors as soon as possible to discuss this important and sensitive issue,” he added.
Pakistan has been awarded the right to host the Asian Cup to be held ahead of the ODI World Cup in India in October-November.
The T20 Asian Cup held last month had to be moved from Sri Lanka to the United Arab Emirates amid the economic crisis in the island nation.
India and Pakistan only face each other in Asian and ICC events due to the political tensions between the two countries. India last toured Pakistan in 2008, while Pakistan’s last round in India was in 2012-13.

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