On Thursday, January 5, Jay Shah-chaired ACC, took to social media to release the ACC calendar and pathway for 2023-24. The calendar hogged headlines as it marked the details of the much-debated upcoming Asia Cup.
India and Pakistan have been placed in the same group. However, the talking point out of the day was PCB chairman Najam Sethi, who slammed Jay Shah and ACC for unilaterally deciding the calendar without discussing it with Pakistan Cricket Board.
“Thank you @JayShah for unilaterally presenting @ACCMedia1 structure & calendars 2023-24 especially relating to Asia Cup 2023 which is the event hosted. While you are at it, you might as well present the structure & calendar of our PSL 2023! A swift response will be appreciated, tweeted Sethi.
Sethi’s anger stemmed from the fact Jay Shah had demanded a neutral venue for the 2023 Asia Cup, for which Pakistan won the hosting rights. Shah’s comments caused a stir on the internet as he announced that India would not travel to the neighbouring country.
In the latest development, ACC has given a befitting reply to the Najam Sethi-led PCB and called their allegations baseless.
The ACC issued an advisory, in which they said to have followed due process.
“It has come to our knowledge that PCB Chairman Mr Najam Sethi has commented on the ACC President unilaterally deciding on finalising the calendar and announcing the same. The ACC wants to clarify that it has followed established due process.”
“The calendar was then communicated to all the participating members individually, including Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), via an email dated December 22nd, 2022. While responses were received from certain Member Boards, no comments or suggested modifications were received from PCB.”
Here is the tweet by ACC.