The standoff between the BCCI and PCB is set to deepen further as the Pakistan board issued a second public statement in as many days, slamming Indian board secretary Jay Shah for “unilaterally” joining the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) for 2023 and 2024. announced the calendar of Notify PCB.
On Friday morning, the ACC issued a media release rejecting PCB chairman Najam Sethi’s claim on Thursday that Shah, who is also the ACC chairman, announced the ACC calendar for the next two years without keeping the PCB in the loop. It was
By evening, the PCB made its statement via a Twitter post to the ACC Board, of which it was a part, confirming the decisions taken by the development and marketing committees.
Thank you @ACCMedia1 Confirmation of these requires unilateral decision declared by ACC President as recommendations of Devcom and Marcom to be approved by ACC Board, as far as we know, neither has been met nor circular dated 13th December 2022 has been approved through a resolution. https://t.co/XwTvQnVWZD
– PCB Media (@TheRealPCBMedia) January 6, 2023
On Thursday, Shah, as ACC president, announced the details of all ACC competitions over the next two years. “Presenting the @ACCMedia1 Pathway Structure and Cricket Calendar for 2023 and 2024!” he tweeted. “It reflects our unparalleled efforts and passion to take the game to new heights. With cricketers from across countries gearing up for spectacular performances, it promises to be a great time for cricket.”
Sethi later on Thursday tweeted Shah with some sarcasm: “Thank you Jay Shah for unilaterally presenting the ACC framework and calendar for 2023-24, especially relating to the Asia Cup 2023 for which Pakistan is the event host.” . While you are at it, you might also like our PSL 2023 current structure and calendar! A quick response would be appreciated.”
Thanks @Jay Shah to present unilaterally @ACCMedia1 The structure and calendar 2023-24 is specifically related to the Asia Cup 2023 for which the event is host. While you’re at it, you can also check out our PSL 2023 line-up and calendar! Quick response will be appreciated. https://t.co/UdW2GekAfR
— Najam Sethi (@najamsethi) January 5, 2023
A day later, the ACC made a statement saying that the PCB was informed about these details via email on December 22, 2022, but received no reply.
“It has come to our notice that the PCB Chairman Mr. Najam Sethi has made a comment on the ACC President unilaterally finalizing the calendar and announcing the same,” the ACC statement read. “The ACC wishes to clarify that it has followed the established due process. The calendar was approved by its Development Committee and Finance and Marketing Committee in its meeting held on December 13, 2022.
“The calendar was communicated individually to all participating members, including the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), through an email on December 22, 2022. While responses were received from some member boards, no comments or suggestions were received from the PCB. The amendments were not received. In view of the above, Mr. Sethi’s comments on social media platforms are baseless and are strongly refuted by ACC.”
‘They could have given us a call’ – Sethi
talking to to sports, Sethi insisted that the PCB had not received that communication, or was not made aware of it. He said, ‘I’m not angry, I’m confused. “They could have given us a call, consulted us. It is not good to do these things unilaterally when there is a council for it. As far as I know they did not consult anyone. Does that mean Is it that after I become president, I will also take these decisions from my house?”
Sethi in fact revealed that Faisal Hasnain, the PCB CEO (though this position does not exist in the current administration), had reached out to the BCCI several times to meet but had received no response. He also appealed to keep politics out of the cricketing ties between the two countries.
“On one hand you say you want Pakistan to come to India for the World Cup, but also say we don’t want to play in Pakistan for the Asia Cup. When the Champions Trophy is in Pakistan (in February 2025), will they Won’t you play?” She also? We should keep politics out of it. BCCI is an independent board. Our board is not even independent, we are a government body, so we have to consult them all the time.
“We would definitely say that this tournament should be held in Pakistan. All countries have come to Pakistan. Now there is no problem. Now there is no security problem.” [As for neutral venue] We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it. We will consult the government.
6 January, 5.25 pm GMT: The story has been updated to reflect the PCB’s latest public statement