India Will Play Asia Cup 2023 At Neutral Venue: Jay Shah Confirms

Jay Shah
Jay Shah

Asian Cricket Council chief Jay Shah confirms that Asia Cup 2023 will be held at a neutral venue instead of Pakistan.

India Will Play Asia Cup 2023 At Neutral Venue

As per the International Cricket Council’s Future Tours Programme, Asia Cup 2023 was originally set to be played under the care of PCB.

“We’ll have Asia Cup 2023 at a neutral venue. It’s the govt which decides over the permission of our team visiting Pakistan so we won’t comment on that but for the 2023 Asia Cup, it is decided that the tournament will be held at a neutral venue,” the BCCI Secretary Jay Shah told media after the 91st Annual General Meeting in Mumbai.

BCCI vice-president Rajeev Shukla said that the Board members were apprised of the situation and going forward, things will depend on the government’s advisory.

Interestingly, India hosts the 2023 World Cup, while Pakistan hosts the 2025 Champions Trophy. The BCCI office-bearers said that it’s too early to comment on the situation. “The government will take the final call and we will abide by it,” Shukla said.

Increase in BCCI’s Cash-reserve

At the AGM, outgoing treasurer and new IPL chairman Arun Dhumal informed the state units that the BCCI’s treasury grew from Rs 3,648 crore to Rs 9,629 crore in the last three years.

Arun Dhumal
Arun Dhumal

The Ganguly-led regime had taken charge in 2019 after the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators’ 33-month tenure.

“When the current team took over the reins of the BCCI in 2019, the BCCI’s coffers had funds of Rs 3,648 crore. We are handing over an organization that sits over a treasury that has Rs 9,629 crore of funds which is roughly thrice of what we got at the time of our taking over from COA,” said Arun Dhumal in his speech.

“The disbursement to the state associations has seen a jump of nearly five times, from Rs 680 crore in the COA time to Rs 3,295 crore now,” he added