The location of the 2023 Asia Cup is the center of a dispute between the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) recently held a meeting to decide on the location, but the decision was deferred. The PCB has threatened to withdraw from the 2023 ODI World Cup in India if the Asia Cup is held in a neutral venue, such as the UAE.
The BCCI’s secretary, Jay Shah, stated that India will not travel to Pakistan for the Asia Cup, leading to the possibility of the tournament being held in a neutral venue. The UAE is emerging as a strong contender to host the tournament, as it also hosted the Asia Cup in 2022. Despite political unrest, Qatar has also expressed interest in hosting the competition.
The ACC’s Executive Board meeting in March is expected to make a final decision on the location. A BCCI source told PTI that the shift of venue has been postponed until March and that the tournament will have to be shifted due to India not going to Pakistan. The PCB has previously considered boycotting the ODI World Cup in India if they were denied the opportunity to host the Asia Cup.
India and Pakistan have one of the most intense rivalries in the history of cricket, but political tensions have prevented them from playing any bilateral cricket since 2013. India has not visited Pakistan since 2008 due to security concerns, and no international cricket was played in Pakistan after the 2009 terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team. Despite this, the two teams have continued to compete in significant ICC competitions.
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