Jay Shah, secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and head of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC), said in October 2022 that the Indian squad would not go to Pakistan for the Asia Cup 2023. When the Pakistan management learned about this, they were enraged, and a social media fight ensued. Ramiz Raja, the then-chairman, went even farther, stating that if India chooses not to participate in the continental cup or if their privilege to host is revoked, the Men in Green would boycott the ODI World Cup in 2023.
Since then, PCB authorities have been anxious to contact Jay Shah, but this has yet to occur. However, the new PCB chairman, Najam Sethi, has announced that ACC officials have finally agreed to meet with the governing body, and that a decision on the future of the Asia Cup would be made shortly.
“Finally, we have a meeting date with ACC executives. On February 4, I will attend the ACC summit in Bahrain. “I’m not sure about our posture right now; I’ll decide in the meeting while keeping an eye on the issue,” Sethi remarked.
The 74-year-old, on the other hand, is apprehensive and believes the BCCI would want more at the meeting. He further poked fun at the Indian board, claiming that although the Men in Blue are never permitted to visit Pakistan, the board wants Pakistani players to do the same.
“The BCCI wants Pakistan to visit India, but the BCCI does not want India to play in Pakistan. “This is nothing new to us,” he continued.