During the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) executive board meeting that was held in Bahrain earlier this month, it was discussed if Pakistan may host some of this year’s Asia Cup matches while India could play their matches in the UAE. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) reaffirmed its position that it was unable to go to Pakistan for the tournament.
India won’t be sending a team to Pakistan for the Asia Cup, according to BCCI secretary and ACC chairman Jay Shah, who made the announcement during the AGM in Mumbai in October.
This choice was justified by the fact that the requisite government consent was not present. The host nation will be Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), while the BCCI is open to the idea of playing there instead.
According to sources, a compromise plan has been been out that would let Pakistan to host matches featuring teams other than India while the UAE would act as the host country for those matches. If India wins, Dubai would also host the championship game.
The ACC board will choose the location for the 50-over Asia Cup when it meets in September before the World Cup in October-November.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) highlights the recent tours by England, New Zealand, and Australia as evidence that Pakistan is a safe destination for overseas teams. The PCB has made it clear that it would like to host the Asia Cup. The Asia Cup was played in a T20 format the year before due to the upcoming World Cup in Australia, and Sri Lanka won the event.
The PCB had previously threatened to quit from the Asian Cricket Council if India refused to play in Pakistan. Yet, following the ACC executive board meeting in Bahrain, a statement indicating “good communication” regarding the 2023 Asia Cup was made public.