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The new Chairman of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Roger Binny, has clarified India’s decision to travel to Pakistan for the Asian Cup 2023. On October 18, BCCI Secretary Jay Shah announced that India will not travel to Pakistan for the scheduled 2023 Asian Cup and also stated that the tournament will be played at a neutral venue.
India last traveled to Pakistan in 2008 and as of late its international fixtures are restricted to just the Asian Cup and ICC tournaments at neutral venues. Both neighboring countries have poor political and diplomatic relations and that seems to have clearly affected cricket as well. Shah’s comments angered the Pakistan Cricket Board (PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD) Current and former cricketers are reportedly saying to stay away from the Asian Cricket Council (ACC).
But Binny has now clarified the issue raised by saying that it is not BCCI’s call not to travel to Pakistan as they need a travel authorization from the government.
“That’s not our calling. We can’t say where our team should go. We need government clearance if we leave the country or other countries come here. We can’t make that decision on our own.” we have to trust the government,” Binny was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.
Pakistan secured Asia Cup rights with overwhelming support from ACC:PCB
Shah, who is chairman of the ACC, announced that the 2023 Asian Cup will be played at a neutral venue, after being re-elected as BCCI secretary at the board’s annual general meeting in Mumbai on Oct. 18. comments on October 19 stating that Pakistan was awarded the Asian Cup hosting rights after overwhelming support from ACC board members.
“The PCB has noted with surprise and disappointment the comments made yesterday by ACC Chairman Mr. Jay Shah regarding the change of next year’s Asian Cup to a neutral venue. The comments were made without any discussion or consultation with the Asian Cricket Council Board or the Pakistan Cricket Board (host of the event) and without thinking of its long-term consequences and implications.
“Having chaired the ACC meeting during which Pakistan hosted the ACC Asian Cup with overwhelming support and response from the ACC Board members, Mr. Shah’s statement to change the ACC Asian Cup it was clearly done unilaterally,” PCB said in an official statement. .
The Indian and Pakistani cricket teams recently met twice in the 2022 Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates and are set to meet again in their first clash in the T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia on October 23.