As per the latest reports, Pakistan will host the next Asia Cup in 2023. The news of Pakistan hosting the entire Asia Cup 2023 has been making rounds on social media for the past few days.
A Pakistan media outlet has quoted Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board Ramiz Raja as saying that Pakistan has been allowed to host Asia Cup. The decision was taken by Asian Cricket Council in the meeting held in Dubai.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Ramiz Raja has confirmed Asia Cup 2023 will be hosted by the country. The tournament will be played in ODI format and is reportedly set to be staged in Pakistan. Pakistan last hosted the Asia Cup in 2008 and has since not managed to host a pic.twitter.com/xXNSnzEy2K
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“The ACC meeting, chaired by Jay Shah, the secretary of BCCI, has recognized that it is the turn of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to host the event and the Pakistan board, as it has been maintaining in the recent times, has declared that it will not host the event at a neutral venue, but in Pakistan only,” the Cricbuzz report said.
Pakistan has not been hosting any major international cricketing event since 2008 following the attack on the Sri Lankan Cricket team in Lahore.
The news has delighted the upset fans and PCB who were left disappointed following the cancellation of tours of New Zealand and England to Pakistan in August.
Their tours to Pakistan could have paved the way for the formal resumption of international cricket in Pakistan. The cancellation of the tour had caused an upheaval in international cricket. Both New Zealand and England have now voiced their interest in rescheduling tours to Pakistan.
Earlier, this month, Ramiz Raja had hinted at New Zealand rescheduling a tour to visit Pakistan soon. He said PCB will soon be sharing the good news with cricket fans.
On the advice of the New Zealand cricket security advisors, the team had refused to play the match in Pakistan and returned to New Zealand amid the tour. Fans in Pakistan and all over the world were disappointed when New Zealand abandoned the tour.
The NZC said they “will not comment on the details of the security threat nor the updated arrangements for the departing squad”.
“I understand this will be a blow for the PCB, who have been wonderful hosts, but player safety is paramount. We believe this is the only responsible option,” NZC chief executive David White said in the statement.