ICC CEO Geoff Allardice and BCCI Secretary Jay Shah pose with the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup trophy along with former cricketers Virender Sehwag and Muttiah Muralitharan during the press conference regarding the announcement of the tour.

Jay Shah posing with the ICC trophy. Photo: ICC

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Friday invited BCCI secretary and ACC president Jay Shah to attend the opening Asia Cup match between Pakistan and Nepal in Multan on August 30.

The PCB said that apart from Shah, it has also invited heads of other boards that are part of the Asian Cricket Council for the opening match.

An informed source in the PCB said that the invitation to Shah was sent out of anticipation rather than any realistic expectation of his tour of Pakistan.

The source said, the PCB has basically followed the invitation that Chairman Zaka Ashraf had verbally extended to Jay Shah when they both met in Durban for the ICC meeting.

Pakistani media had then reported that Shah had accepted the PCB’s invitation, but the BCCI secretary denied the claim.

He said that after the Pakistani media reported that Jay Shah had accepted Zaka Ashraf’s invitation, the PCB was clearly embarrassed and the Indian board official later flatly denied it.

A source familiar with the current relations between India and Pakistan said that by inviting Shah, the PCB wanted to show that it does not mix sports with politics.

“The idea is basically to highlight Pakistan’s chosen stand on cricket relations with India that it does not mix politics with sports,” he said.

Asia Cup 2023 will be held from August 30 to September 17 at venues in Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

(Only the headline and image of this report may have been reworked by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content was auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

first published: 19 August 2023 | 12:08 am First

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