India vs Pakistan 2018 Asia Cup
India vs Pakistan during Asia Cup 2018. (Photo: Twitter)

Ramiz Raja, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, has confirmed that the 2023 Asia Cup will be held in Pakistan, a report in Cricbuzz stated.

This decision was taken on Thursday in Asian Cricket Council (ACC) meeting in Dubai, headed by Jay Shah, who is also the BCCI secretary. The decision to slot the tournament in Pakistan was apparently unanimous, Ramiz Raja added.

It was also decided that the 2023 edition of the Asia Cup will be played in 50-over format – India also host the 50-over World Cup the same year – while the 2022 edition, to be hosted by Sri Lanka, will be played in T20 format.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). (Photo: Twitter)

“The ACC meeting, chaired by Jay Shah, the secretary of BCCI, has recognised that it is the turn of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to host the event and the Pakistan board, as it has been maintaining in the recent times, has declared that it will not host the event at a neutral venue, but in Pakistan only,” the Cricbuzz report said.

The decision, it is understood, is a unanimous one. Sources from both the BCCI and PCB have confirmed the decisions. The exact schedule of the events will be finalised soon but the 50-over Asia Cup, incidentally, will be staged in a 50-over World Cup year that has been allotted to India,” it added.

India are the current title holders of the Asia Cup, having won it in 2018, in UAE, under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma, when Virat Kohli was rested.

India has won the Asia Cup a record 7 times (Photo- AFP)

The last time Pakistan hosted a multi-nation tournament was the 2008 Asia Cup, which Sri Lanka won by defeating India in the final in Karachi. International cricket was halted for more than 6 years in the country after a terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in 2009.

While slowly teams started touring to Pakistan and it seemed the PCB would host a full-fledged season this year before New Zealand, followed by England, pulled out due to security concerns. Ramiz Raja then lashed out at the cricket’s “western bloc”, enraging at those two tour cancellations.

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