The host venue for the Asia Cup in 2023 is yet unclear. The host status was first given to Pakistan. However, there is uncertainty regarding the status of the continental competition when BCCI secretary Jay Shah, who is also the head of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC), declared last year that India won’t visit Pakistan. Pakistan may continue to host the Asia Cup, and India may be allowed to play its matches in the UAE, where some games would be played, according to a report in news agency PTI citing sources in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). According to a Pakistan Cricket Board statement, the UAE would also host the championship match in this scenario if India made it there (PCB) source.
On February 4, the PCB’s Najam Sethi requested an emergency meeting of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) be held in Bahrain after the continental organisation revealed its schedule and Pakistan was not selected the tournament’s hosts.
Former Pakistani player Kamran Akmal recently stated that while Indian supporters have shown their affection to their country’s players, the team shouldn’t travel to India for the 2023 World Cup if they aren’t coming for the Asia Cup.
“We shouldn’t travel to India to host the 2023 World Cup if India refuses to come for the Asia Cup. Whatever the ICC or PCB decides, it’s not in our control; lekin Hamaari bhi respect hai (we also have respect). The Pakistani squad has won the Champions Trophy and the T20 World Cup in addition to dominating standings in all formats and having been crowned global champions. The ICC, PCB, or BCCI have no control over this. Two governments are involved in this. The teams won’t interact until they are on the same page. We must wait and see how long it lasts “On the “Nadir Ali Podcast,” Akmal added.
Originally assigned to Pakistan, the Asia Cup was set to take place in September of this year. But, BCCI Secretary Jay Shah, who is also the ACC chairman, announced last October that India will not visit Pakistan.