“Will India visit Pakistan for Asia Cup 2023” is a question that many die-hard cricket fans from both sides of the border are eager to know the answer to. Well, the fans do not have to wait for more as the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) is scheduled to meet on February 4 in Bahrain. In the meeting, it is expected that both the BCCI and PCB representatives will meet and the BCCI will come to a conclusion regarding whether or not the Indian cricket team will visit Pakistan to play in the upcoming Aisa Cup tournament. 

Asia Cup 2023 Schedule

This year, Asia Cup will be played in the month of August-September and the hosting rights are with Pakistan. The hosting rights were granted to Pakistan and since then, the BCCI and PCB are at loggerheads. Due to the ongoing political tension between the two subcontinent teams, the BCCI had earlier declared that the Indian cricket team will not travel to Pakistan to participate in Asia Cup 2023. 

The refusal statement from BCCI drew some negative flakes from the then PCB Chairman Ramiz Raza. Raza, in reply to the BCCI’s statement, furiously declared that in such a scenario, Pakistan will not travel to India to participate in the ICC Men’s ODI World Cup. Things have only escalated since Raza’s comment and it is expected to reach a conclusion when the PCB, under the new leadership of Najam Sethi, will be present at the ACC meeting in Bahrain. 

After taking over the position of the Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, Najam Sethi sarcastically tweeted after the ACC announced the schedule of the council and Asia Cup 2023. The meeting was held on December 13, 2022, after which the ACC declared the media structure and calendar for 2023-24. The ACC clarified that all the participating members of the council were sent an email, that includes PCB too, on December 22 but no modifications were suggested by the PCB. 

ACC also stated that Jayesh Shah did not unilaterally prepare and finalize the calendar. It was done by the Development Committee and Finance & Marketing Committee of the Asia Cricket Council. While concluding, a responsible said that ACC vehemently denies the baseless accusations made by Najam Sethi on Twitter.