Ramiz Raja, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, has approved that the 2023 Asia Cup will be held in Pakistan, a report in Cricbuzz stated.
This choice was done on Thursday at Asian Cricket Council (ACC) conference in Dubai, led by Jay Shah, who is also the BCCI secretary. The ruling to opening the tournament in Pakistan was actually agreed, Ramiz Raja added.
It was also agreed that the 2023 issue of the Asia Cup will be played in 50-over format – India also host the 50-over World Cup the even year – while the 2022 edition, to be hosted by Sri Lanka, will be performed in T20 format.
“The ACC conference, chaired by Jay Shah, the secretary of BCCI, has recognized that it is the go of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to host the event and the Pakistan board, as it has stood keeping in the current times, has professed that it will not host the event at an impartial venue, but in Pakistan only,” the Cricbuzz report said.
The decision, it is understood, is an agreed one. Sources as of both the BCCI and PCB have approved the decisions. The correct schedule of the results will be finalized soon but the 50-over Asia Cup, by the way, will be staged in a 50-over World Cup year that has remained allocated to India,” it added.
India is the recent title owner of the Asia Cup, getting won it in 2018, in UAE, under the captainship of Rohit Sharma, when Virat Kohli was relaxed.
The last time Pakistan hosted a multi-nation event was the 2008 Asia Cup, in which Sri Lanka won by beating India in the final in Karachi. International cricket was stopped for more than 6 years in the country when an extremist hit on the Sri Lankan team bus in 2009.
Time gradually players started on tour to Pakistan, and it looked like the PCB would host a full-fledged period this year before New Zealand, was by England, dragged out due to security fears. Ramiz Raja then struck out at the cricket’s “western bloc”, make angry at those two tour withdrawals.