The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has received a clear message from Najam Sethi, the Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) management committee, regarding the Asia Cup 2023 issue.
Sethi emphasized in a Thursday interview with an Indian sports channel that if the hybrid model is approved for the Asia Cup, it ought to be used for the ICC World Cup in 2023 in India and the ICC Champions Trophy in 2025 in Pakistan.
Sethi claimed that because the Indian government had forbidden the BCCI from visiting Pakistan for the Asia Cup, the Pakistani government would not allow them to compete in the World Cup in India.
In an effort to reach a consensus, the PCB has suggested a hybrid model for the Asia Cup, in which the first four games of the group stage would take place in Pakistan, and the subsequent games, including the championship game, would be played at a neutral site.
“If the hybrid model is approved for the Asia Cup, the World Cup will follow suit. In Bangladesh or another appropriate location, we will play our games during the World Cup. Additionally, the Champions Trophy 2025 will follow the same model, simplifying matters for all parties, according to Sethi. He continued by saying that Pakistan would host World Cup games in exchange for India agreeing to visit at any time.
It is significant to remember that the BCCI has pushed for the Asia Cup to be held somewhere other than Pakistan. They have been advising ACC members not to take part in the competition that Pakistan is hosting.
Sethi also talked about specifics of his conversation with a senior ACC official. Three days ago, he met with the representative in Dubai and gave them the entire hybrid model. After that, the representative spoke with Jay Shah, the BCCI Secretary, about it.
Later, Sethi spoke on WhatsApp with the agent, who said that Jay Shah had no issues with the suggested model but would first consult with Bangladesh and Sri Lanka before making a final decision.
The decision of the ACC, following consultation with the BCCI, PCB, and other participating nations, will determine the fate of the Asia Cup and the potential implementation of the hybrid model for future competitions.
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