UAE set to host Asia Cup, venue to be finalised in March

The Asian Cricket Council will resolve on an alternate venue for the Asia Cup ODI event in March after BCCI secretary Jay Shah and PCB chairman Najam Sethi had their first formal assembly in Bahrain on Saturday.

The Asia Cup was initially allotted to Pakistan and was scheduled in September this 12 months, however Shah, who can also be the ACC chairman, introduced final October that India won’t journey to Pakistan.

It is known that the United Arab Emirates with three venues — Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah — are favourites to host the event however the determination has been withheld in the interim.

All heads of ACC member nations attended the emergent assembly, which was known as on the behest of PCB chairman Sethi after ACC beneath the chairmanship of Shah launched the continental physique’s itinerary, the place Pakistan wasn’t named the host.

“The ACC affiliates met today, and there were a lot of constructive discussions. But the shift of venue has been postponed till March. But be rest assured that with India not going to Pakistan, the tournament will have to be shifted. A tournament without Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gills will have the sponsors back out,” a senior BCCI official aware about the event advised  PTI.

One ACC insider mentioned Sethi has simply taken over PCB, and if he would have ceded floor on the internet hosting rights within the first assembly itself, then it could have led to a nasty impression at house.

Pakistan is presently going by an financial disaster, and inflation has hit the nation very arduous, with the nation’s forex (PKR) plummeting to Rs 277 towards 1 US Dollar. Organising a high-profile event like Asia Cup, even when ACC pays a grant may burn a gap in PCB coffers.

So strategically, if the event is held within the UAE, there’s each risk that every one the member nations can even get to earn other than the printed revenues.

In one other determination, the ACC has determined to extend the annual funds allotted for Afghanistan Cricket Association to fifteen per cent from six.

The ACC has assured that it’s going to assist the Afghanistan board in all doable methods so that ladies’s cricket may be revived within the nation. Women are banned from taking part in sports activities beneath Taliban rule.

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