‘Powerful BCCI has big clout’: PCB chief Najam Sethi on Asia Cup hosting issue ahead of ACC and ICC meetings | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chair Najam Seti on Saturday raised a big question mark over the hosting of the Asian Cup in Pakistan, saying that the support of other members of Asian Cricket Council (ACC) will be important on the matter, but everyone knows how much influence the powerful Indian Cricket Council (BCCI) enjoys in the continental body.
Head of the ACC and Secretary of the BCCI Jay Shah had earlier announced that India would not travel to Pakistan for the Asian Cup scheduled for later this year and the tournament would be moved out of Pakistan.
“It is important to see how other (ACC) members see our position on the Asian Cup. What they think is important, but at the end of the day, we have to realize how much BCCI with its financial power exerts on world cricket,” Sethi told a press conference in Lahore, before he left for Dubai to attend ACC and ICC meetings.
“I have been in contact with senior members of the ACC. I have informed them of our problems and we will try to find honorable solutions to the problems,” he added.

Sethi said he not only took legal advice but also held informal consultations with the Foreign Ministry and government officials on the matter.
“I have held informal consultations and taken the advice of the government as well and this time we have also taken any legal advice on what position we can take in these meetings,” he said.
Pakistan has insisted that India come to Pakistan to play in the Asian Cup in September and if they don’t come and the tournament is moved elsewhere then the PCB will be forced not to send their team to India for the 50-over World. Cut in October-November.
“I will also be speaking to BCCI Secretary and ACC President Jay Shah.
“I will see how the meetings go and then I will come back and after consulting the relevant authorities, I will make a final decision on whether we will send our team to India for the World Cup.”
Sethi said if the Pakistani team traveled to India (for the World Cup at 50), they would expect the highest safety standards for players and also easy access for media and fans. Pakistani.
(With PTI inputs)


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