Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Cricket Council (ACC), while defending its president Jay Shah regarding the cricket calendar for the next two years, termed the allegations of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi as baseless. Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) secretary and ACC president Jay Shah shared the two-year event calendar (ACC) on Twitter on Thursday. Sethi then alleged that no information was given to the PCB before sharing the ACC’s schedule.
Reacting strongly to this, he tweeted, “Thank you Jay Shah for unilaterally issuing new structure of ACC and calendar 2023-24, especially from Asia Cup 2023 which Pakistan is hosting.” When you are deciding everything by yourself, you can also go through our PSL 2023 Structure and Calendar. Its reply is awaited.
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In its statement released on Friday, the ACC said that the PCB along with other member countries were informed about the schedule on December 22 (2022) itself but there was no response from their (PCB) side. As per the schedule announced by Shah, the Asia Cup is to be played in ODI format in September 2023 but does not mention the host country. As BCCI secretary, Shah has already said (October 2022) that India will not tour Pakistan for this tournament.
Responding to Sethi’s allegations, the ACC on Friday said, “It has come to our notice that PCB Chairman Najam Sethi has commented on ACC President (Shah) taking a unilateral decision on finalizing and announcing the calendar.” .
ACC wishes to clarify that it has followed established due process in this matter.” This statement by the ACC also shared a ‘timeline’ with the media which implies that the PCB chairman was lying. It said, “The calendar was approved by its Development Committee and Finance and Marketing Committee in a meeting held on 13 December 2022.
The calendar was communicated to all the participating members including the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) through an e-mail on 22nd December 2022. The PCB did not seek any modification in the proposed calendar in the last two weeks and hence the schedule was made public. However, responses were received from some member boards. No comments or suggestions for amendments were received from PCB. As such, Sethi’s comments on social media platforms are baseless and are strongly denied by ACC.” (agency)