PCB seeks compensation from ACC over Asia Cup scheduling

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Management Committee Chairman Zaka Ashraf on Wednesday wrote to Asian Cricket Council (ACC) President Jay Shah seeking compensation for losses related to the washed-out matches in the ongoing Asia Cup 2023.

In the letter addressed to Jay Shah, the PCB has objected to the decision of staging the Super 4 stage of the ongoing continental tournament in Colombo instead of Hambantota despite forecasts of bad weather.

“The question again arises as to who is making these decisions unilaterally, without following due process and without consulting the host for the event,” the letter read.

Askinh for a clarification over the issue, the letter further said: “It is still not clear who has taken this decision and, in this regard, a clarification is demanded.”

Commenting on the financial loss due to the haphazard scheduling of the tournament, the PCB said: “Who will be responsible for the loss of gate receipts to the PCB and the adverse impact on the ACC Event’s brand value should the matches be rained out in Colombo? The ACC will have to take responsibility for the washed-out matches, incremental costs if any, and also reimburse PCB for the losses of gate revenue.”

Earlier on Monday, the ACC had decided to relocate all the Super 4 games of the ongoing Asia Cup to Hambantota as there is a forecast of heavy rain in Colombo for the next 15 days.

The decision was meanwhile, also conveyed to all members of the Shah-led ACC however, the ACC later said that the matches would be held in Colombo as per the original schedule.

Reports suggests that the PCB is facing logistical issues due to the sudden change in venue for Asia Cup 2023 matches.

News Desk

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