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The Indian and Pakistan cricket boards clashed on Tuesday after BCCI secretary Jay Shah announced that the 2023 Asia Cup will be held at a neutral venue, prompting the neighbors to threaten a boycott of next years ODI World Cup. The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has awarded Pakistan the hosting rights for the 2023 edition of the 50-over Asia Cup as a prelude to the marquee World Cup in India. Shah, by the way, is the president of the Asian Cricket Council.
The issue of India playing the Asia Cup in Pakistan was addressed in notes distributed to BCCI members prior to Tuesdays Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Mumbai.
Pakistan threatened to withdraw from next years World Cup in India on Tuesday, reacting angrily to BCCI secretary Jay Shahs statement that they would prefer to play the Asia Cup in a neutral venue. According to the Asian Cricket Councils executive board, Pakistan will host the next Asia Cup next year. Shah, by the way, is the president of the Asian Cricket Council. Following the BCCI AGM in Mumbai on Tuesday, Shah told reporters in an informal gathering that "India will play the Asia Cup at a neutral venue."
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"The PCB is now prepared to take hard decisions and play hardball because it is also aware that the ICC and ACC events will have to face commercial liabilities and losses if Pakistan does not play India in these multi-team events," On the condition of anonymity, a senior PCB source told PTI. India has played Pakistan in global or continental events but has not visited the neighboring country since the 2008 Asia Cup.
Pakistan last came to India for a short six-match white ball bilateral series in 2012. The PCB, when contacted, declined to give an official reaction to Shahs statement. "We have nothing to say at the moment but yes we will look at things and take up this matter at appropriate forums like the ICC board meeting in Melbourne next month," a spokesperson said. However, it has been learned that PCB Chairman Raja and other senior officials were very upset with the announcement by Jay Shah that India would not travel to Pakistan next year and had decided to take some hard decisions now. " The PCB officials are surprised at the timing of Jay Shah