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,”
Here’s how fans reacted:
Un k Home Minister Amit Shah ka beta. Ye tu wese hi bakwas krty rehty hain.
— Abdul Basit S.A (@SherryAwan13) August 1, 2023
Good that he released just a statement & nothing else..
— Kashif Syed (@kashif55524751) August 1, 2023
Says the guy who said Bhutan is playing in Asia Cup and that he will conduct entire Asia Cup inside Pakistan and then refuted from it the very next day.
Zaka Ashraf himself is a joke 😂🤣😆#AsiaCup2023
— Ginger Sports with Sohaib Iqbal (@_SportsGinger) August 1, 2023
Yuzi chahal>>> bkl babar takla
— Being Bhai (@beinganisingh12) August 1, 2023
abey rona dhona band karde..hum b nhi aana chahte pakistani
— Mike james (@VarunSh88874048) August 1, 2023
Someone from either Bangladesh or Sri Lanka should be the chairman of ACC not someone from India or pakistan imo
— Salman🐺 (@Salman_ynwa) August 1, 2023
India kee saamne jhuk ke rehna padega systummmm ke neeche 💪🏼
— AntiNormie (@AmeySin32614966) August 1, 2023
Chal larid bahut excuse hogaya
Ab do plate chicken biryani laga😹
— INDIAN🇮🇳 (@indian18071993) August 1, 2023