India will not play Asia Cup 2023 in Pakistan; replacement venue announced in March: Reports

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The 2023 Asia cup will not take place in Pakistan
India will not travel to Pakistan for the event
A new veue will be announced in March
The 2023 edition of the Asia Cup will be shifted from Pakistan after it was made clear that India will not travel to the country in Saturday’s (February 4) emergency board meeting of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC). Pakistan will retain the hosting rights of the tournament, but the competition will be held at a neutral venue.

According to a report by the news agency Press Trust of India (PTI), the decision on the final venue will be announced in March. However, it is likely that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will host the tournament. The 2018 and 2022 editions of the competition also took place in the UAE, despite India and Sri Lanka holding the rights to host the competition.

“The ACC affiliates met today and there were a lot of constructive discussions. But the shift of venue has been postponed till March. But be rest assured that with India not going to Pakistan, the tournament will have to be shifted. A tournament without Virat Kohlis, Rohit Sharmas, and Shubman Gills will have the sponsors back out,” a senior BCCI official told PTI.

The same report adds that the formal declaration of the shift in venue has been delayed as this was Najam Sethi’s first meeting since his reappointment as the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) last year.

Last year, BCCI secretary and ACC chairman Jay Shah announced that the 2023 Asia Cup will take place at a netural venue. The statement caused uproar in Pakistan, with former PCB chairman Ramiz Raja threatening that Pakistan will boycott the 2023 ODI World Cup in India.

The 2023 Asia Cup will be played in the 50-over format and is likely to take place in September, just a month before the Cricket World Cup. Pakistan is also scheduled to host the 2025 Champions Trophy.

Source: times now