In a candid statement, Najam Sethi, Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Management Committee, advised Jay Shah, President of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) and Secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), to address the Asia Cup issue harmoniously if he harbors aspirations of leading the International Cricket Council (ICC) in the future.
Shah, while expressing his concerns, declined Pakistan as the host for this year’s Asia Cup and advocated for a neutral venue to hold the prestigious tournament.
Offering his perspective, Sethi shared, “I believe Jay [Shah] is a young and aspiring leader in cricket. My counsel to my young colleague would be that to lead, one must unite the team and keep everyone together. Let’s avoid any notion that the ACC disintegrated under your stewardship.”
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Highlighting Pakistan’s support for other Asian nations during challenging times, Sethi emphasized, “The PCB has always extended a helping hand to fellow Asian countries. When Australia withdrew from their matches with Afghanistan, we stepped in to ensure their financial well-being by organizing substitute matches.”
In the realm of cricket diplomacy, finding common ground becomes essential for fostering unity and stability within the Asian cricket fraternity. It remains to be seen how the Asia Cup predicament will unfold and its implications on future leadership dynamics in international cricket.