Following PCB chief Najam Sethi’s sarcastic jab at BCCI secretary Jay Shah for “unilaterally announcing” the Asian Cricket Council’s two-year calendar, the simmering tension between the India and Pakistan cricket boards was palpable. The marquee Asia Cup is scheduled to take place in September of this year, but the specific schedule and the host nation have not yet been revealed, according to Shah, who is the chairman of the ACC.
Asia Cricket Council takes note of PCB Chairman’s comments and replied the respective officials and other members of the Asia Cricket Council to ‘clear the air’
Asia Cricket Council in its statement replied to Najam Sethi’s comment, claiming it to be “baseless”
Here’s the statement –
Asian Cricket Council responds to PCB Chairman’s social media comments – JAN 6 2023
‘The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) on Thursday announced the ACC Calendar 2023-24 and the pathway structure.
It has come to our knowledge that PCB Chairman Mr. Najam Sethi has made a comment on the ACC President unilaterally taking the decision on finalising the calendar and announcing the same. The ACC wants to clarify that it has followed established due process. The calendar was approved by its Development Committee and Finance & Marketing Committee in a meeting held on December 13th, 2022.
The calendar was then communicated to all the participating members individually, including Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), via an email dated December 22nd, 2022. While responses were received from certain Member Boards, no comments or suggested modifications were received from PCB.
In view of the above, Mr. Sethi’s comments on a social media platform are baseless and are vehemently denied by the ACC.’
Asia Cricket Council
Official media statement in response to @najamsethi 's comments on the ACC 2023-2024 calendar and pathway structure: https://t.co/mBXpeNOXYb
— AsianCricketCouncil (@ACCMedia1) January 6, 2023