The cricket boards of India
are going to sit in discussions to find a solution to various controversies, including whether India's cricket team will go to Pakistan in the Asia Cup. No one is yet sure whether India will participate in the Asia Cup in Pakistan. For now, according to India, Rohit Sharma
's team will not go to Pakistan in this year's Asia Cup. Also, the debate between these two arch-rivals escalated after the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) announced the schedule for the next two years.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) claimed that the Asian cricket schedule for 2023-24 was given 'unilaterally'. The PCB and the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) are going to discuss these issues. India and Pakistan Cricket Board will hold talks in Bahrain on February 4.
Pakistan are the host of the Asia Cup this year. If everything goes well, the competition will be held from September 2 to 17. But after the last T20 World Cup, the Secretary of the BCCI Jay Shah said that India would not go to Pakistan to play the Asia Cup. The Asia Cup will be moved to a neutral venue.
Controversy started after Jay's comments. The then chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Ramiz Raja also expressed his anger and said that if India did not go to his country to play the Asia Cup, Pakistan would boycott the ODI World Cup on Indian soil.
It should be noted that BCCI secretary Jay is the president of ACC. He again sparked controversy by publishing the Asian cricket schedule for the next two years.
Meanwhile, BCCI has not commented on whether India will go to Pakistan or whether the Asia Cup will be held at a new venue. So the fog is still not over with the Asia Cup.
The PCB requested the ACC to intervene to resolve the dispute. In response to Pakistan's request, the ACC Executive Committee meeting will be held in Bahrain. BCCI and PCB will participate in that meeting.
PCB Chairman Najam Sethi said on Monday that he went to Dubai and discussed with the ACC officials and explained their situation. That is why ACC has called this special meeting.
"For some time there hasn't been any ACC Board meeting and there were a lot of decisions being made and one of them we have challenged," Sethi said in a press conference. "Now the good news is that we managed to convince them to have their Board meeting and I will be attending it."
"We have to look at what we can do but we can't [fight] another case, but I can say that that case wasn't handled properly and I think we didn't give a good fight. But eventually, even judges said that if you look through the microscope this case is in favour of Pakistan but if you see this case with a telescope this is going in India's favour. So in nutshell, with all the nitty-gritty it's Pakistan's case, but then their stance was that it's the government which isn't allowing us.”