PCB Chairman Zaka Ashraf to Meet BCCI Secretary Jay Shah in Pursuit of Bilateral Cricket Series

July 12, 2023 8:10 am

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is determined to pursue bilateral series against India despite recent challenges. Zaka Ashraf, the chairman of the PCB’s interim management committee, is scheduled to meet with Jay Shah, the Secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), on Tuesday, July 11. This meeting will take place alongside an International Cricket Council (ICC) gathering in Durban, South Africa.

Ashraf, 70 years old and currently in search of a new chief selector, expressed hope for a productive discussion with Shah to foster confidence and facilitate cricket matches between the two nations. The objective is to strengthen bilateral relations through the sport. Follow your favourite cricket team with attractive betting odds from Gclub.

While Pakistan is slated to travel to India for the upcoming ODI World Cup in October-November, clearance from the Pakistani government is still pending. In turn, India has made it clear that they will not visit Pakistan for the Asia Cup. The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has devised a hybrid model for the tournament, where Sri Lanka will co-host alongside Pakistan. India’s matches will be held in Sri Lanka instead.

As preparations for the impending Asia Cup continue, Pakistan is set to host four matches, providing valuable practice ahead of the ODI World Cup. Sri Lanka will host the remaining matches, with the tournament commencing on August 31 and concluding with the final on September 17.

In terms of the tournament’s structure, Group 1 comprises India, Pakistan, and Nepal, while Group 2 consists of Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan. The detailed schedule for the Asia Cup is yet to be announced, but the event promises to showcase thrilling matches between these top cricketing nations.

Amidst the ongoing challenges and negotiations, both the PCB and BCCI remain hopeful of finding common ground and facilitating the resumption of bilateral cricketing ties. The upcoming meeting between Ashraf and Shah is a step towards building the necessary trust and cooperation, with the aim of fostering a healthy relationship between the cricket boards of Pakistan and India. Get the latest updates from the world of sports only on Gclub Sports.