PCB responds to ACC President Jay Shah’s statement

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has finally responded to the statement of Asian Cricket Council (ACC) president Jay Shah’s statement following the 91st BCCI Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday.

According to the statement, the cricket board expressed surprise and disappointment over Shah’s remarks regarding hosting next year’s Asia Cup at a neutral venue.

“The PCB has noted with surprise and disappointment of yesterday’s comments made by the ACC President Mr Jay Shah with regards to shifting of next year’s Asia Cup to a neutral venue. The comments were made without any discussion or consultation with the Board of the Asian Cricket Council or the Pakistan Cricket Board (event host) and without any thoughts towards their long-term consequences and implications,” the statement read.

The PCB further termed Shah’s statement unilateral and against the philosophy and spirit for which the Asian Cricket Council was formed in September 1983.

“After having presided over the ACC meeting during which Pakistan was awarded the ACC Asia Cup with an overwhelming support and response from the ACC Board Members, Mr Shah’s statement of shifting of the ACC Asia Cup has clearly been made unilaterally. This is contrary to the philosophy and spirit for which the Asian Cricket Council was formed in September 1983 – a united Asian cricket body to safeguard the interests of its Members and organise, develop, and promote the game of cricket in Asia,” PCB stated.

The PCB also bluntly warned that shifting of venue may result in splitting Asian and international cricketing communities, and can impact Pakistan’s visit to India.

“The overall impact of such statements has the potential to split the Asian and international cricketing communities and can impact Pakistan’s visit to India for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 and future ICC Events in India in the 2024-2031 cycle.

“The PCB has to date not received any official communication or clarification from the ACC on the statement of the ACC President. As such, the PCB has now requested the Asian Cricket Council to convene an emergency meeting of its Board as soon as practically possible to discuss this important and sensitive matter,” the statement concluded.

It is pertinent to mention that following the 91st BCCI Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday, Shah, in his statement, announced that the Indian cricket team will not travel to Pakistan for Asia Cup 2023, while also hinting to host the continental event at a neutral venue.