After making an announcement to not travel to Pakistan for the Asia Cup 2023, the secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Jay Shah has recently declared that the final decision on the course of action for the upcoming Asia Cup 2023 will be taken on the sidelines of the Indian Premier League 2023 final, which will be attended by the top Asian Cricket Council (ACC) dignitaries.
Last year, the BCCI made an announcement that India won’t travel to Pakistan for the forthcoming mega cricket tournament. However, on Tuesday, the BCCI secretary said that the presidents of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka cricketing boards will be present during the final of the IPL 2023 at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad, and will give verdict on Asia Cup following a discussion with them.
ANI quoted Shah saying, "The respective presidents of Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka Cricket Boards will grace the IPL 2023 final to be held on May 28 at the Narendra Modi Stadium. We will hold discussions with them for outlining the future course of action in relation to Asia Cup 2023." Earlier, the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) extended their support to the BCCI over moving this year’s Asia Cup out of Pakistan.
Owing to security concerns, the BCCI has already declined to play the upcoming tournament in Pakistan in September, and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has offered to play their matches at a ‘neutral venue’, in the United Arab Emirates. While the cricket regulating body in India is yet to deliver a formal response to the offer, the PCB president, Najam Sethi, said that India wanted the entire tournament to be moved out of the country.