Pakistan Cricket Board is unhappy with a move by Jai Shah
PCB’s hopes for Asia Cup dashed
New Delhi. The Pakistan Cricket Board is unhappy with BCCI Secretary and Asian Cricket Council President Jay Shah releasing the Asia Cup schedule ahead of the official event in Lahore. The PCB had organized a formal program to announce the schedule along with the unveiling of the Asia Cup trophy in Lahore on Wednesday. Apart from many former cricketers of Pakistan, Zaka Ashraf, the head of PCB’s Cricket Management Committee was also present in this program. However, 30 minutes before the start of the program, Jay Shah had released the Asia Cup schedule on Twitter.
A PCB source told PTI, “The PCB had a clear understanding with the Asian Cricket Council (SCC) that it would release the Asia Cup schedule 5 minutes after the start of the ceremony in Lahore. But unfortunately, at around 7.15 pm, 30 minutes before the start of the ceremony, Jay Shah released the schedule on social media.”
PCB angry over Jay Shah’s early release of schedule
The source said that Jay Shah’s decision to announce the Asia Cup schedule had upset the PCB’s schedule. Because when the schedule was already released then there was no meaning of this event. The source said that the PCB had expressed its displeasure in front of the ACC regarding this incident, but it has been told by the ACC that all this happened due to misunderstanding.
Jai Shah settles scores with PCB
The source said, “The clarification from the Asian Cricket Council was about the time difference and misunderstanding, but the fact is that India is half an hour ahead of Pakistan, so Jay Shah’s release of the schedule was kind of a blow.” Another source in the board said that Jay Shah seemed to have made up for the unprofessional manner in which PCB Chairman and Pakistan Sports Minister Ahsan Mazari handled the meeting between Shah and Zaka Ashraf during the ICC annual meeting in Durban.
In fact, after this meeting, there were reports in Pakistani media that Jai Shah has accepted the invitation of PCB chairman and he will go to Pakistan during the Asia Cup, but Jai Shah rejected it outright.
4 matches will be played in Pakistan
The Asia Cup will be held in Multan from 30 August. In the first match, host Pakistan will clash with Nepal. At the same time, the India-Pakistan match will be played in Kandy on 2 September. There will be 4 matches of Asia Cup in Pakistan.
FIRST PUBLISHED : July 21, 2023, 16:03 IST