Zaka Ashraf suggests Jay Shah shift remaining Asia Cup matches to Pakistan

Thundery showers are expected in Colombo for the next 15 days

By Web Desk
September 04, 2023
PCB boss Zaka Ashraf met BCCI general secretary Jay Shah in South Africa - PCB

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Management Committee chairman Zaka Ashraf contacted Asian Cricket Council (ACC) president Jay Shah after rain forecast in Colombo looms over the remaining Asia Cup matches including the final. 

Colombo, where the last phase of the Asia Cup is scheduled till 17th September, is most likely to receive heavy rain during that period.

The rain prediction has raised concerns as already the high-octane match between Pakistan and India was washed out after the first innings in Kandy late last week.

India had scored 266 runs in the first innings followed by continuous downpour due to which the match was called off without a ball being bowled in the second innings.

Following the current situation, Ashraf, over a phone call, suggested Shah shifting the remaining matches from Sri Lanka to Pakistan.

"There is rain forecast in the coming days in Sri Lanka. There is no rain prediction in Pakistan. Asia Cup is a big event, don't spoil it due to rain," Ashraf spoke to Shah who is also the general secretary of BCCI.

"We are monitoring the situation," Shah replied.

Earlier on Sunday, Indian reports claimed that the ACC is considering shifting matches from Colombo to Dambulla or Pallekele.

According to BBC Weather forecast, thundery showers are expected in Colombo for the next 15 days and the Asia Cup Super Four matches including the event's final are scheduled to be held there.

Looking at the weather forecast and the possibility of rain disturbing the matches, the ACC will now assess their options.

It must be noted that the ACC is already under heavy criticism for organising the matches in Sri Lanka knowing that it is always raining there during this time of year