The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has decided to allot the hosting rights of Asia Cup 2023 to Pakistan. Jay Shah, President of the Asian Cricket Council chaired the meeting, and it has been decided that the tournament to be played in the ODI format, will follow a T20 Asia Cup in Sri Lanka in 2022.
Asian Cricket Council (ACC) on Friday, October 15 has decided to allot the hosting right of 2023 edition of the Asia Cup to Pakistan. The ACC meeting held in Dubai, chaired by Jay Shah, the secretary of BCCI and President of Asian Cricket Council, also recognised that it was Pakistan's turn to host the coninental showpiece event. The tournament which will be played in 50-over (ODI) format, will be preceded by a T20 Asia Cup in Sri Lanka in 2022.
Pakistan had to host Asia Cup 2020 but it was postponed due to Covid-19, and later the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) handed hosting rights to Sri Lanka. Pakistan have made it clear that they will host the event in Pakistan, and not in a neutral venue. Sources from both the BCCI and PCB have confirmed the decisions and called it a unanimous one, according to a Cricbuzz report. The PCB was represented by it’s new chairman Ramiz Raja.
Notably, India are set to host the ICC World Cup in October-November of 2023, and so understandably the Asia Cup will be held in the middle of that year with the IPL set for the first half of the year.
Similarly T20 Asia Cup 2022 coincides with the T20 World Cup, scheduled in Australia in October-November. The ACC wants to host the T20 Asia Cup before that ICC event, most likely in September.
Also, it has been learnt that Jay Shah invited Raja to the final of the IPL 2021. However, the former Pakistan captain, who used to be a regular commentator in the cash-rich league, expressed inability to attend as he was returning home on Friday (October 15) itself.