PCB Chief Ramiz Raja to meet BCCI heads at Asian Cricket Council meeting

Newly appointed Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ramiz Raja will reportedly meet the bosses of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and other cricket boards later on Wednesday to talk about holding global tournaments within the country.

As per reports, Raja will be taking part in the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) meeting.

In the ACC meeting, Asia Cup 2022, which is scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka, will be the main agenda.

Reports suggest that in the meeting, Raja will also hold talks with senior officials of BCCI and other cricket boards to host international cricket tournaments in Pakistan.

Apart from that, Raja is also expected to meet with the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) officials as the PCB is looking to jointly-host future international events.

“Pakistan has already tabled a bid to host cricket mega events from 2024-31. Besides hosting some of the events exclusively, the PCB has also expressed its willingness to join hands with other boards for hosting the major events,” a source was quoted as saying by The News.

“Say if Pakistan is to bid for the T20 World Cup in years to come, the PCB can do it with the help and assistance of other neighbouring cricket boards. Since the PCB is enjoying good relations with the Emirates Board, the discussion on joint ventures cannot be ruled out,” it added.

“The role of the ACC amid such unprecedented circumstances will also be discussed during the meeting. Ramiz, who has already written a letter to the ICC, would question the role of the ACC on such illogical decisions as were taken by the NZ and ECB,” the source further added.

Significantly on September 17, the New Zealand cricket team had abandoned their tour of Pakistan following a New Zealand government security alert.

The development took place a few minutes before the first ODI match between Pakistan and New Zealand.

Commenting on the development, NZC had said in a statement: “The side was to play Pakistan this evening in the first of three ODIs in Rawalpindi, before moving to Lahore for a five match T20 series. However, following an escalation in the New Zealand Government threat levels for Pakistan, and advice from NZC security advisors on the ground, it has been decided the BLACKCAPS will not continue with the tour.”

Following the incident, Raja had slammed the Kiwi cricket board for pulling out of the series at the last minute and had said that he would raise the matter before the International Cricket Council (ICC) soon.

After New Zealand, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had also cancelled their men’s and women’s short tour of Pakistan, which was severely criticised by many former cricketers.

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