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Asian Cricket Council Hits Out at PCB Chief for Attack on BCCI's Jay Shah

CC BY-SA 4.0 / Farrah Zakir / Pakistan Cricket Board's HQ
Pakistan Cricket Board's HQ - Sputnik India, 1920, 06.01.2023
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have been at loggerheads for the past couple of months.
The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) on Friday blasted the PCB chairman Najam Sethi following his attack on its president, Jay Shah, who is also the secretary of the BCCI, the previous day.

"Thank you Jay Shah for unilaterally presenting Asian Cricket Council structure & calendars 2023-24 especially relating to Asia Cup 2023 for which Pakistan is the event host. While you are at it, you might as well present structure & calendar of our PSL 2023! A swift response will be appreciated," Sethi tweeted following Shah's announcement.

Shah on Thursday released the ACC's calendar for 2023 and 2024, including the organization of the men's Asia Cup this year.
However, what angered the PCB head was that there was no mention of the continental competition's venue. The Asia Cup was awarded to Pakistan last year and the country happens to be the official host of the tournament.
Despite this, the PCB supremo's choice of words for Shah was not appreciated by the ACC, with the organization labeling the charges levied on its president by Sethi as "baseless."
"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 well established and due process," the ACC said in a statement.
"In view of the above, Mr Sethi's comments on a social media platform are baseless and are vehemently denied by the ACC," it added.
The latest development in the bitter saga between the PCB on the one hand and the BCCI and ACC on the other, came after Shah previously announced that Team India would not travel to Pakistan for this year's Asia Cup and instead, the event would be held at a neutral venue.
Since then, relations between the PCB and the BCCI, or Shah to be more precise, have remained tense, with both cricket boards regularly taking pot-shots at each other.