The Asia Cup 2023 will likely not be staged in Pakistan but in the UAE. This new development follows a meeting of the Asian Cricket Council, which took place in Bahrain on February 4th.
Initially, The Asia Cup 2023 Was To Take Place In Pakistan:
The ACC will decide which nations will host the Asia Cup after their next meeting, which will likely occur in March. Notable executives like ACC CEO Jay Shah and PCB CEO Najam Sethi will be present at the meeting in Bahrain.
Concerning the next Asia Cup 2023, the Asian Cricket Council has already engaged in fruitful conversations. The Board of Directors looks forward to discussing its dates, venue, and other important details to ensure a successful tournament.
The ACC is yet to decide on a venue for the 50-over competition.
However, it had mentioned that the Asia Cup 2023 would be happening in September. Furthermore, the committee has disclosed that the dates for Asian cricket up until 2024 have already been set.
The Cricket World Cup will not begin until after the end of the Asia Cup:
Pakistan will host the 50-over tournament before the World Cup in India. However, the secretary of the Indian cricket board (BCCI), Jay Shah, stated that Pakistan would no longer host the Asia Cup the previous year.
This prompted heated protests from Ramiz Raja, who had previously served as the head of the Pakistan Cricket Board.
Raja said that Pakistan would not participate in the 2023 World Cup in India if the Indian national team did not go to Pakistan for the 2023 Asia Cup. However, BCCI has repeatedly stated that it will abide by the Central Government’s decision regarding future tours to Pakistan.
Reliable sources say the final verdict about the host of the 50-over event will be coming out in March. Sri Lanka is definitely a probable option to consider.
The Twenty20 Asia Cup was not played in Sri Lanka the year before owing to the political unrest in the country. The United Arab Emirates hosted the Twenty20 event before the Twenty20 World Cup in Australia.
The dispute regarding the location of Asia Cup 2023 has been all over the news in the past few months. This came after the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) made the announcement.
After the ACC revealed the schedule for the event, the newly-appointed chief of the PCB, Najam Sethi, used the opportunity to poke fun at Jay Shah.
In a statement, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) dismissed the allegations made by Najam Sethi as groundless. It stated that the Pakistan Cricket Board was informed of the schedule for Asian cricket through an email sent in December.
Sethi was speaking about India’s decision not to visit Pakistan. Sethi reaffirmed that the Pakistani government would decide on Pakistan’s participation in the World Cup in India.
Afghanistan budget increased:
The ACC held a meeting even though the country is facing criticism for the deterioration of women’s rights in the country. During this dispute, ACC has boosted the funding for Afghanistan cricket.
Afghanistan’s Taliban-led government banned women from going to college in December. Since March, female students are not able to attend high schools. Additionally, the government has also prohibited them from using gyms and parks as well.
To show their solidarity, Australia cancelled their March one-day international series against Afghanistan that was supposed to take place in the United Arab Emirates.
To Sum It Up:
The International Cricket Council (ICC) will decide on the venue for the Cup somewhere in the meetings next month. At a meeting in March 2023, the council will determine whether or not Pakistan will host the tournament.
It is safe to assume that the Asia Cup 2023 will likely occur at a neutral location this time.
Following the meeting, the Asian Football Confederation (ACC) said they had “a fruitful discourse on the upcoming Asia Cup 2023.
We hope for another update at the ACC Executive Board’s subsequent meeting, which will occur in March 2023.
According to reports, BCCI is optimistic about transferring the tournament to a location other than Pakistan. The results of the meetings scheduled for March will determine the course of events for the Asia Cup 2023, the World Cup, and the Champion’s Trophy in 2025.
Pakistan will host not one but two tournaments, while India will host the last competition. The Pakistani government will be in charge of the ultimate decision from their end.