A couple of days back, Najam Sethi gave a befitting reply to BCCI over the Asia Cup row and remarked that he would announce the PCB’s stance on the issue in the next ICC and ACC meeting.
Notably, Pakistan won the hosting rights for the 2023 Asia Cup. However, ACC president Jay Shah, who also acts as the BCCI secretary, announced that the tournament would shift to a neutral venue because of security concerns and revealed that India will not travel to Pakistan for the forthcoming competition.
The matter escalated post-Shah’s remarks, and the PCB threatened to boycott the ODI World Cup, which India will host in October.
Several Pakistani experts urged the board not to give up the hosting rights, but a few also looked at the financial angle and stated that it would be beneficial for Pakistan to have the tournament outside of the country.
Earlier, Abdul Razzaq talked in favour of moving the tournament to UAE. In recent developments, legendary bowler Shoaib Akhtar also spoke on the same lines and named Pakistan’s replacement as Asia Cup’s hosts.
“I want the Asia Cup to be held in Pakistan. If, in case, it moves out, then Sri Lanka should host it. I want both countries to excel in the sport. India and Pakistan is what everyone wants to see, and nothing else should happen in cricket but just India and Pakistan finals.”