Sunday, May 14, 2023
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Management Committee Chairman Najam Sethi said if Asian Cricket Council (ACC) President Jay Shah wants to become the head of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in future, he should resolve the Asia Cup issue amicably.
Shah, who is also the secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), has refused to send his team to Pakistan for this year's Asia Cup and said that the event should be organised at a neutral venue.
"I think Jay [Shah] is a young man, he aspires to be the head of the ICC," Sethi told Associated Press (AP). "My advice to my young friend would be if you want to be a leader, you have to keep the herd together, keep the flock together.
"Don't let it be said that when you were in the chair in the ACC, the ACC broke up."
Sethi also said the PCB has always helped other Asian countries during difficult times. "When the Australians pulled out of their matches with Afghanistan we said we will step in and bail you out so that you get some money out of these matches."
He added, "We've been very forthcoming in supporting members who will end up in some sort of trouble ... now we don't have any issues and the others don't have any issues with us. It's just India."
He also spoke about the hybrid model for the Asia Cup, which would allow India to play their matches at a neutral venue while the rest of the tournament takes place in Pakistan.
"Until India is ready to play Pakistan bilaterally and in Pakistan, let's have a hybrid solution," he said.
"I have not been threatening anybody, give me a break," Sethi said. "I am trying to be positive and find a way out of this problem. I could have easily said that if India is not going to come and play in Pakistan, we will not play in India, but I tried to find a hybrid model."
However, the Indian cricket board is unlikely to accept the hybrid model proposed by the PCB.
Despite being considered one of the sport's greatest rivalries, India and Pakistan have not met on home soil in any version of the game since 2012, and only play each other in multinational tournaments on neutral grounds.