Prakhar Dobhal, Pune
The upcoming Asia Cup on Aug. 30 continues to garner headlines as we get nearer the event. In the latest updates, BCCI President Roger Binny and Vice President Rajiv Shukla will travel to Pakistan as board representatives at an official PCB dinner in Lahore to commemorate their tournament hosting, along with Sri Lanka.
On Aug. 15, Zaka Ashraf, the current chairman of the PCB managing committee, sent a formal invitation to the BCCI’s top officials. According to information, each significant team official, including the BCCI, has confirmed their attendance. A few days after their return from Sri Lanka, where they will be in attendance for the India-Pakistan match in Pallekele, Binny will travel to Lahore via the Wagah Border. According to reports from PTI, Binny, Shukla, and Secretary Jay Shah will be in Sri Lanka for the highly anticipated India vs. Pakistan match on Sept. 2 in Pallekele (Kandy). On Sept. 3, the trio will return to India. The BCCI president and vice-president will fly across the Wagah border to Lahore. The PCB has invited both Binny and Shukla and their respective spouses to a formal dinner on Sept. 4 at the Governor House in Lahore.
As a result of the political difficulties between the two nations, both boards have been at odds on many issues. The Pakistani government, however, put an end to months of uncertainty earlier this month by approving the PCB’s trip to India for the 2023 ODI World Cup.
Only four of the 13 games will be played in Pakistan, the tournament’s hosts, as the BCCI has stated it cannot tour the nation. This resulted in a number of flashpoints before an agreement was made to approve a hybrid model with the approval of the Asian Cricket Council, chaired by Jay Shah, the BCCI secretary.