UAE emerges as an alternative venue, making Pakistan unlikely to host the Asia Cup in 2023; The ACC will make its decision in March

The United Arab Emirates, which has three venues—Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah—is favored to host the tournament; however, the decision has not yet been made.

After the BCCI secretary Jay Shah and PCB chairman Najam Sethi held their first formal meeting on Saturday in Bahrain.

The Asian Cricket Council will decide on an alternative location for the Asia Cup One-Day International tournament in March.

Pakistan was initially given the Asia Cup, which was scheduled to take place in September of this year. However, Shah, who is also the chairman of the ACC. Had previously stated in October that India would not travel to Pakistan.

The United Arab Emirates, which has three venues—Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah—is thought to be the favorite to host the tournament, but the decision has not yet been made.

The emergency meeting was called at the request of PCB chairman Sethi after the ACC. Led by Shah, released the continental body’s itinerary, which did not name Pakistan as the host.

However, the venue change has been put off until March. However, the tournament will need to be moved because India will not travel to Pakistan.

“The sponsors will withdraw from a tournament without Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Shubman Gills,” a senior BCCI official who was privy to the development told PTI.

According to an insider at the ACC, Sethi just took over PCB. It would have left a bad impression at home if he gave up ground on the hosting rights during the first meeting.

Pakistan’s currency has plummeted to the Pakistani Rupee 277 against 1 US Dollar due to inflation. Which has severely impacted the country’s economy.

Even if ACC provides a grant, organizing a high-profile tournament like the Asia Cup could drain PCB funds.

Therefore strategically, if the tournament is held in the UAE. All member nations stand to benefit in addition to the broadcast revenues.

The ACC has also decided to increase the Afghanistan Cricket Association’s annual budget from six percent to fifteen percent.

The ACC has stated that it will provide the Afghanistan board with any assistance necessary to revive women’s cricket in the country. Under Taliban rule, women are not allowed to participate in sports.

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