Former PCB Chairman Slams Asia Cup Scheduling After India-Pakistan Match Washout
– Najam Sethi expresses disappointment and frustration over the rain-marred India-Pakistan match in the Asia Cup.
– Sethi criticizes the decision to host the tournament in Sri Lanka instead of the UAE, citing poor excuses given by the ACC.
In a scathing critique, former PCB Chairman Najam Sethi has voiced his discontent with the scheduling of the Asia Cup following the disappointing washout of the highly anticipated India-Pakistan match due to rain. Sethi expressed his disappointment at the missed opportunity and took aim at the Asian Cricket Council (ACC), alleging that his proposal to hold the tournament in the UAE had been unjustly dismissed in favor of accommodating Sri Lanka as a co-host. He criticized the reasons cited by the ACC for not hosting in Dubai, stating that similar weather conditions did not hinder previous tournaments held there. The inclusion of Sri Lanka as co-hosts alongside Pakistan was a response to India’s refusal to play matches in Pakistan due to ongoing tensions between the two nations. Last year’s Asia Cup was successfully conducted in the UAE, and Sethi emphasized that the IPL was also staged there despite similar weather conditions. The match between India and Pakistan saw only one innings being played, with India posting a total of 266 runs before rain interruptions. The toss was also delayed, adding to the frustration of cricket fans eager to witness this iconic clash.