‘Big dominance of mighty BCCI’: PCB chief Najam Sethi on Asia Cup hosting issue ahead of ACC and ICC meetings | cricket news

New Delhi: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Nazam Sethi Pakistan on Saturday raised a big question mark over hosting the Asia Cup, saying that the support of other members Asian Cricket Council (ACC) will be crucial on this issue but everyone knows how much clout the Board of Cricket in India (BCCI) has in the continental body.
ACC chief and BCCI secretary Jai Shah The ICC had earlier announced that India would not travel to Pakistan for the Asia Cup later this year and the tournament would be shifted out of Pakistan.
“It is important to see how other members (of the ACC) view our stand on the Asia Cup. What they think is important, but at the end of the day, we must realize how much clout BCCI has in world cricket with its financial power.
“I have been in touch with senior members of the ACC. I have conveyed my problems to him and we will try to find a dignified solution to the problems.


Sethi said he not only took legal opinion but also held informal consultations with the Foreign Office and government officials on the issue.
“I have done informal consultations and also taken the opinion of the government and this time we have also taken all legal advice as to what stand we can take in these meetings,” he said.
Pakistan has been insisting that India should come to Pakistan to play in the Asia Cup in September and if they do not come and the tournament is shifted elsewhere, the PCB will not be able to field its team India for the 50-over World Cup. Will be forced to send Cup in October-November.
I will also speak to BCCI Secretary and ACC President Jay Shah.
“I will see how the meetings go and then come back and take a final decision after consulting the concerned authorities whether we will send our team to India for the World Cup or not.”
Sethi said that if the Pakistan team goes to India (for the 50-over World Cup), it would expect the highest standards of security for the players and easy access for the Pakistani media and fans.
(With PTI inputs)


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