‘Aapke saath chhota sa prank hua hai’ – Fans react as Jai Shah takes u-turn after promising PCB to attend Asia Cup 2023 opening ceremony in Pakistan

Jai Shah and Zaka Ashraf during a meeting in South Africa (Source - Twitter)
Jai Shah and Zaka Ashraf during a meeting in South Africa (Source - Twitter)

The chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board’s management committee Zaka Ashraf recently met the Indian Cricket Board secretary Jai Shah during a meeting organised by the apex cricket body in Durban, South Africa. After a long dispute between the two boards, it seems that things are now getting cool down.

It is reported that Shah also congratulated Ashraf for taking a new role for PCB. Meanwhile, Ashraf recently revealed that he extended an invitation to Shah to attend the Asia Cup 2023 opening ceremony in Pakistan. He said that Shah has promised him that he will definitely attend the ceremony and invited him to come to India for the ODI World Cup 2023.

“I got to know that Jay Shah is the Secretary General of the Indian Cricket Board. When I went to South Africa, so I offered him to meet and talk. So we sat down for a conversation, and it went smoothly. Jay Shah gave his point of view, and I also in exchange reciprocated equally well. I invited him to the opening of the Asia Cup, and he promised that he’d definitely attend it. Conversely, he also invited me to the World Cup matches in India; I assured him of my presence over there,” Ashraf was quoted as saying by Cricket Pakistan.

Zaka Ashraf talks after Jai Shah’s U-turn

However, now, after the news of Shah attending the Asia Cup ceremony in Pakistan surfaced on the internet, Shah refused that there was no talk about the invitations during the meeting. However, Ashraf still believes that both boards are working to make the relationship better.

“Everything was almost decided and agreed upon. However, the moment Pakistan media channels broke this news, people from behind the scenes in India said that this is not possible. To top that off, Jay Shah released a statement saying they don’t intend to do so. We also affirmed that whenever they agree, we shall cordially work towards the betterment of the relations. Gradually, we’ll take steps forward and get the final breakthrough,”

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