Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Najam Sethi gives clear message to ACC regarding Asia Cup 2023

PCB top official iterates Pakistan’s stance of not hosting the entirety of the tournament outside the country

Chairman of Pakistan Cricket Boards (PCB) Management Committee Najam Sethi addresses a press conference. — PCB/File
Chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) Management Committee Najam Sethi addresses a press conference. — PCB/File

Najam Sethi, chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) Management Committee, has given a clear message to the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) regarding the Asia Cup 2023.

Sethi, who is in Dubai at present, iterated that Pakistan will not host the entirety of the tournament on a neutral venue outside the country, sources told Geo News

It must be noted here that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is forcing the shifting of the Asia Cup outside Pakistan. They are convincing ACC members not to play in the Asian event in Pakistan.

But the PCB is emphasising a hybrid model which appears to be the only solution to this deadlock. According to the PCB-proposed hybrid model, only India will play their matches outside Pakistan.

On the other hand, PCB, so far, hasn't agreed on sending the national team to India for playing in the World Cup this year. According to sources, if India do not come to Pakistan, PCB might also opt out of playing the World Cup there.

However, Indian media today claimed that PCB has confirmed that Pakistan will be touring India to play the World Cup.

Moreover, reliable sources also said that Bangladesh and Sri Lanka haven't opposed the hybrid model for Asia Cup as reported by ESPNcricinfo today. The two cricket boards raised concerns over choosing the UAE as the venue to host India in accordance with the hybrid model.