• Tue. Feb 27th, 2024

Pakistan may pull out of Asia Cup after rejecting ‘hybrid model’, report says

Pakistan may pull out of Asia Cup after rejecting ‘hybrid model’, report says

File photo of PCB chief Najam Sethi© Twitter

Left with no other option after Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan pulled out of their proposed ‘hybrid model’, hosts Pakistan may pull out of the Asia Cup in September. According to the ‘hybrid model’ proposed by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Najam Sethi, Pakistan was to host 3 to 4 matches of the Asia Cup in their home country, while the remaining matches involving India could be played at a neutral venue. . The idea arose after India refused to travel to Pakistan due to security concerns. However, it is now clear that Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan have all backed the BCCI’s move to shift the tournament from Pakistan.

“It is now just a formality that the Asian Cricket Council Executive Board members will meet virtually or convene a proper meeting later this month.

“But the PCB now knows that Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan do not support the hybrid model proposal for the Asia Cup,” said a source aware of the developments.

Sources said Sethi had been in touch with his cricket management committee members and relevant government officials to discuss Pakistan’s stance if it does not host any Asia Cup matches in its home country.

Sethi has repeatedly said that if the tournament is moved from Pakistan to a neutral country, it will not participate in the competition, and sources said that the PCB is going to boycott the Asia Cup.

“Pakistan has two options. Either play the tournament at a neutral venue or withdraw,” Asian Cricket Council (ACC) sources said.

“If Pakistan does not play, it will still be called the Asia Cup, but the broadcaster will renegotiate the contract in Pakistan’s absence.” Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and India all took the position that hosting the Asia Cup in Pakistan and any other country was not logistically or economically feasible and as India could not travel, it should be held in one country, namely Sri Lanka. Pakistan.

The source said the Asia Cup is likely to be completely skipped this year and India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan could play the multi-team event in the 50-over format before the World Cup.

“There is every possibility that the Asia Cup will not take place this year because without the matches between Pakistan and India it is unlikely that the broadcasters will offer the same amount to the ACC as it will include Pakistan,” the source said.

The source added that India is preparing for four to five national events in the window that will remain open if the Asia Cup does not take place.

It remains to be seen what impact the Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan decision will have on the relationship between these boards.

Pakistan has already rejected a proposal to play some one-day matches when it tours Sri Lanka for the two-Test series after the island nation promised to host all matches in the Asia Cup.

The source said recent developments may prompt Pakistan to show its hand regarding the decision to send the team to India for the World Cup.

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