India won't travel to Pakistan for 2023 Asia Cup: Jay Shah
Mumbai, October 18, 2022
The Indian cricket team will not travel to Pakistan and will insist on a neutral venue for next year's Asia Cup, BCCI secretary Jay Shah confirmed on Tuesday after the board's annual general meeting (AGM) here.
The 2023 edition of the continental championship has been allotted to Pakistan as per the International Cricket Council's Future Tours Programme.
However, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), after its AGM, arrived at a conclusion that the Indian team would not travel to the neighbouring country for the tournament and demanded that the tournament be moved to a neutral venue.
"Neutral venue for the Asia Cup is not unprecedented and we have decided that we will not travel to Pakistan," Shah, who is also the president of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC), was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.
"I have decided that we will play at a neutral venue," he added.
Notably, the 2022 edition of the Asia Cup was also played in a neutral venue after an economic and political crisis engulfed host nation Sri Lanka. The tournament was held in the UAE, where Sri Lanka emerged as the champions after beating Pakistan in the final.