What happened in ACC, BCCI meetings? Tells Ramiz Raja

The newly elected chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Ramiz Raja has provided insights regarding what happened in his recent chat, that took place on 15th October, with the Asian Cricket Council (ICC) and the heads of the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) and other boards.

He informed that the ACC has approved Asia Cup 2023 hosting in Pakistan that will be, as usual, a fifty-over contest in September whereas, Asia Cup 2022 will take place in Sri Lanka in the 20-over format in October-November.

“The ACC has agreed and approved that the 2023 event in Pakistan will be a 50-over competition and will be held in September. This aligns very nicely with the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, which will be held in October and November.

“We are looking forward to hosting this tournament in Pakistan and I am confident it will be a well-organized event because this is what the fans want.

“The ACC has also confirmed next year’s tournament in Sri Lanka will be played on a 20-over format and will be a prelude to the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 to be held in Australia from 16 October to 13 November.”

While talking to PCB digital regarding the recent setback, on his return to Dubai after ACC, BCCI meeting, Ramiz added,

“The ACC was set up to create a unified approach and collective stance so that we had one voice and if there was a situation, all stood together. I would like to see our relationship with other boards and the ACC be strong so that if there is an issue like we had with the withdrawal of a couple of sides, a strong and joint statement could come out from the ACC platform.

“My message at the ACC was that we should not forget this philosophy and I am optimistic there will be better outcomes in future.”

On his meeting with the BCCI officials, Mr. Ramiz Raja said that a lot of work needs to be done on reviving Indo-Pak relations but it will not be as fans want until ice between two boards melt. Raja added that politics should stay away from the sport.

“I met with BCCI President Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah on the sidelines of the ACC meetings. We need to create a cricketing bond, while I have also believed that politics should stay away from the sport as much as possible and this has always been our stance.

“A lot of work needs to be done to revitalize Pakistan-India cricket but there needs to be some comfort level between the two boards and then we can see how far we can go. So overall, we had a good discussion.”

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