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Sep 8 – The Pakistan Cricket Board claimed compensation from the Asian Cricket Council on Wednesday for the loss of gate money caused by Asia Cup matches being hosted in Sri Lanka.
Although the PCB has not published an official statement on the situation, certain local media sites have stated that the board’s chairman, Zaka Ashraf, has submitted a formal letter seeking compensation to ACC president Jay Shah.
Ashraf has expressed his dissatisfaction with the ACC’s handling of the match scheduling in Sri Lanka.
Without naming anyone, the PCB chairman has also inquired as to who was responsible for last-minute venue changes, while keeping the other ACC board members in the dark.
After the match between India and Nepal, several ACC members, including those from Sri Lanka and Pakistan, would meet, according to Ashraf’s letter.
“In the meeting it was agreed that since the forecast is that Hambantota would remain dry the matches in Colombo should be moved there,” Ashraf has written.
According to the letter, on September 5, both the host countries and the ACC agreed that matches should be transferred to Hambantota, and Sri Lanka’s head curator was deployed to prepare the pitches.
The letter further states that the TV crew had begun making plans to relocate to Hambantota.
According to the letter, the ACC confirmed the change in venue by sending an email to the PCB, which would then issue a press statement.
Ashraf was surprised when, after some time, the PCB was ordered not to examine the email, but it was eventually revealed that the matches would be played as planned in Kandy and Colombo.
He has also expressed his dissatisfaction with the way the hosts, Pakistan, have been sidelined while major choices on the tournament and sites have been made.