UAE to take over Pakistan as Asia Cup hosts: reports

The Asia Cup ODI tournament’s location will be decided upon in March, according to the Asian Cricket Council, despite rumors from India indicating that it may be moved from Pakistan.

After the Board of Cricket Control in India secretary Jay Shah and the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board’s interim management committee Najam Sethi had their first official meeting in Bahrain on Saturday, it was reported by the Press Trust of India news agency and other sports outlets—citing senior BCCI officials—that a different location would be chosen.

The Asia Cup was originally assigned to Pakistan and was set to take place in September of this year, but Shah, who is also the ACC chairman, declared last October that India will not visit Pakistan.

Shah, who is also the head of ACC, then declared that the tournament will be held in a neutral location rather than in Pakistan.

This angered the then-chairman of the PCB, Ramiz Raja, who vowed not to send the Pakistani squad to the ODI World Cup 2023, which will be held in India.

In a harsh letter to ACC, he also demanded explanations for this unilateral announcement.

The United Arab Emirates, who have three venues—Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah—are thought to be the front-runners to host the competition, but the decision has not yet been made.