The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has sent out invitations to Jay Shah, the Secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), as well as notable delegates from other cricket boards participating, welcoming them to the opening game of the 2023 Asia Cup.
This highly anticipated event is scheduled to take place on August 30th and will feature Pakistan facing off against tournament newcomers Nepal in a day-night contest in Multan. Worth noting, Jay Shah holds the position of president within the Asian Cricket Council (ACC).
As per the reports, a source stated,
“The PCB has basically followed up on the invitation which was extended verbally by Chairman Zaka Ashraf to Jay Shah when they both met in Durban for the ICC meeting.”
The most recent report follows Shah’s denial of assertions in Pakistani media suggesting that he had agreed to Ashraf’s invitation.
The source also said,
“The PCB was obviously embarrassed after the Pakistani media reported that Jay Shah had accepted Zaka Ashraf’s invitation and the Indian board official later flatly denied this.”
This year’s edition of the Asia Cup was initially planned to take place in Pakistan. However, the BCCI stated that it couldn’t send its team to the neighboring country due to the government’s denial. Following extensive discussions, a decision was reached to relocate the tournament split between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. While four matches are scheduled in Pakistan, the remaining fixtures, including the final, will be hosted in Sri Lanka.