BCCI to skip the upcoming ACC's AGM in Lahore

BCCI to skip the upcoming ACC’s AGM in Lahore

Ehsan Mani is all set to be officially declared as the president of the ACC.

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A view of the logo of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). (Photo by Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint via Getty Images)

The Board of Cricket Control for India (BCCI) would be marked “absent” for the first time at the Annual General Meeting of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) to be taken place in Lahore on the 17th of November. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) was eagerly looking forward to BCCI’s appearance in the meeting, especially Ehsan Mani, who was elected as the chairman of the PCB, is all set to be officially declared as the president of the ACC.

BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary, who is on the board to be the ICC director also features on the executive board of the ACC. Along with this, the CEO of BCCI, who is an invitee to the ACC board will also not be present in Lahore for the meeting. ACC, as told by the Sportstar, that the Committee of Administrators (CoA) has communicated to the acting-secretary that the political tension between India and Pakistan does not allow the BCCI to attend the Annual General Meeting.

Former BCCI functionary furious

A former BCCI functionary was quoted by Sportstar saying “This is utter rubbish. The BCCI initiated the formation of ACC. Has the Indian government shut down it’s High Commission in Islamabad? Has the Indian government denied permission to the BCCI? The government is going to grant visas to the Pakistan Hockey team for the World Championship to be held in Bhubaneswar in December. The CoA has no right to do this. Najam Sethi (former PCB Chairman) and Subhan Ahmed (COO, PCB) were granted visas and they attended the meeting that was held in Kolkata this April.”

In September 1983, the cricket boards of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Malaysia, and Singapore came together and met in Delhi to form the Asian Cricket Conference. After a decade in 1993, it was amended to Asian Cricket Council.

Afghanistan, who attained the ICC membership in 2001, obtained the ACC membership in the year 2003. The headquarters of the ACC is in Colombo, Sri Lanka, which was officially opened on 20th August 2016.

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