PCB explains why India’s Asia Cup 2023 jerseys have ‘Pakistan’ missing

Pakistan and Sri Lanka are jointly hosting the ACC event which will continue till September 17.

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Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah
Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah. (Photo Source: BCCI)

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) explained why team India and other participating nations do not have Pakistan's name mentioned on their respective jerseys considering they're the co-hosts of the Asia Cup 2023. Notably, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are jointly hosting the ACC event which kickstarted on August 30 and will run till September 17.

With three matches played thus far, fans have noticed that the jerseys of the participants do not have ‘Pakistan’ or ‘Sri Lanka’ mentioned on them as the hosts. As per the latest reports, the PCB provided a clarification as they stated that the Asian Cricket Council decided to stop using the hosts’ names on the jersey in a meeting held in 2022. 

“At an Asian Cricket Council meeting last year, it was decided the practice of the hosts’ name on the players’ shirts will be stopped,” a source close to the Pakistan Cricket Board told the Times of India (TOI).

However, as per reports, a BCCI source refuted the claim made by PCB on any such decision made by the ACC. It is worth mentioning that in the previous edition, the jerseys had ‘Sri Lanka 2022’ mentioned on them. With the discrepancy noted by the fans and members of the cricketing fraternity, the ACC faced severe backlash on the move. 

Pakistan become first team to qualify for Super 4 round of Asia Cup 2023

Speaking about the ongoing Asia Cup 2023, Pakistan became the first team to qualify for the Super Four stage after their match against team India yielded no result. Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma and Co. earned a point from the fixture and will need a result in their favour against Nepal on Monday, September 4, to progress to the knockout rounds. 

Speaking about the second group, co-hosts Sri Lanka are on the cusp of making a place in the Super Four following their magnificent win against Bangladesh. On the other hand, the Bangla Tigers, who are on the verge of elimination, will need to trump Afghanistan on Sunday, September 3, in order to keep their hopes alive of progressing further.

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