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Jay Shah opens up on criticism regarding Asia Cup 2023

Jay Shah opens up on criticism regarding Asia Cup 2023

  1. ACC faces criticism for hosting Asia Cup during Sri Lanka’s rainy season.
  2. Najam Sethi suggests UAE as an alternate venue, citing his hybrid model.
  3. ACC President Jay Shah explains decision to move Asia Cup 2023 out of Pakistan.

The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) is facing mounting scrutiny as questions swirl around its choice of hosting the Asia Cup during Sri Lanka’s rainy season. The decision has sparked criticism and concern from various quarters, with one prominent voice in the cricketing world speaking out.

Najam Sethi, the former Chairman of the PCB management committee, took to a popular social media platform to express his discontent with the venue selection for the ongoing Asia Cup. He minced no words in highlighting his reservations and suggested an alternative approach.

Sethi revealed that he had strongly advocated for the ACC to consider playing the remaining matches of the Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) instead of Sri Lanka. This suggestion was in alignment with a hybrid model that he had proposed during his tenure in cricket administration. His proposal aimed to strike a balance between the concerns surrounding the venue and the practicality of hosting the tournament.

In response to the mounting criticism and questions, ACC President Jay Shah shed light on the decision-making process that led to moving Asia Cup 2023 out of Pakistan. He addressed the initial hesitation from key stakeholders, including full members, media rights holders, and in-stadia rights holders, to commit to hosting the entire tournament in Pakistan. Their reservations were rooted in concerns related to security and the economic situation in the country.

“All the full members, media rights holder, and in-stadia rights holders were initially hesitant to commit to hosting the entire tournament in Pakistan. This reluctance stemmed from concerns related to the security and economic situation prevailing in the country,”

“In my capacity as ACC President, I was committed to finding a viable and mutually agreeable solution. To this end, I had accepted the hybrid model that was proposed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in collaboration with the ACC management. However, it’s important to note that the leadership of the PCB underwent several changes, and this resulted in some back-and-forth negotiations, particularly regarding crucial aspects such as tax exemption and insurance for matches.”

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Shah outlined his commitment to finding a viable and mutually agreeable solution, which included considering the hybrid model proposed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in collaboration with the ACC management. However, he noted that the leadership of the PCB underwent changes during the negotiation process, leading to certain challenges, particularly concerning tax exemption and insurance for matches.

Furthermore, Shah emphasized the differences between the Asia Cup 2022 edition, played in the UAE in the T20 format, and the Asia Cup 2023, slated for the One-day format. Feedback from high-performance teams within ACC member countries expressed concerns about playing One-day matches in the UAE in September. Such a schedule could have posed risks, including player fatigue and increased injury potential, just before the crucial ICC Cricket World Cup.

“The Asia Cup 2022 edition was played in the UAE in the T20 format. It’s important to emphasize that the dynamics of a T20 tournament cannot be directly compared to those of a 100-over One-day format. In this context, ACC members received feedback from their respective high-performance teams, expressing concerns about playing One-day matches in the UAE in the month of September. Such a schedule could have potentially led to player fatigue and an increased risk of injuries, particularly right before the all-important ICC Cricket World Cup.”

“The decision-making process regarding the Asia Cup 2023 format and venue was guided by a sincere desire to prioritize the well-being of the players, as well as the overarching interests of the sport. Ultimately, the goal was to strike a balance that would allow for a competitive and successful tournament while ensuring the health and readiness of the participating teams for ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.”

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