The Asian Cricket Council (ACC), on Friday rejected the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman’s claim about unilateral decisions made by Jay Shah. The ACC released a statement regarding the rejection of the claims made by PCB chairman Najam Sethi.
— AsianCricketCouncil (@ACCMedia1) January 6, 2023
The statement read,
“It has come to our knowledge that PCB Chairman Mr. Najam Sethi has made a comment on the ACC President unilaterally taking the decision on finalizing the calendar and announcing the same. The ACC wants to clarify that it has followed established due process. The calendar was approved by its Development Committee and Finance & Marketing Committee in a meeting held on December 13th, 2022.”
The PCB chairman Najam Sethi claimed on Thursday that the ACC president Jay Shah unilaterally decided the cricketing calendar.
Thank you @JayShah for unilaterally presenting @ACCMedia1 structure & calendars 2023-24 especially relating to Asia Cup 2023 for which 🇵🇰 is the event host. While you are at it, you might as well present structure & calendar of our PSL 2023! A swift response will be appreciated. https://t.co/UdW2GekAfR
— Najam Sethi (@najamsethi) January 5, 2023
A day after, on Friday, the ACC rejected those allegations. The ACC statement further read,
“The calendar was then communicated to all the participating members individually, including Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), via an email dated December 22nd, 2022. While responses were received from certain Member Boards, no comments or suggested modifications were received from PCB. In view of the above, Mr. Sethi’s comments on a social media platform are baseless and are vehemently denied by the ACC.”
The ACC is headed by Shah. Shah is also the secretary of the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India). The clash between Shah and PCB has been constant. Earlier, Shah disclosed that the Asia Cup 2023 would be played in a neutral venue as India can’t tour Pakistan. This disclosure had stirred the then PCB chairman. The then PCB chairman, Raza threatened to pull out of the ICC 50-over World Cup, which India is scheduled to host in October-November.