Karachi: Hosts Pakistan may pull out of the 2023 Asia Cup in September, leaving them with no choice after Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan pulled out of their proposed ‘hybrid model’. 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 actually meet or call a proper meeting at the end of this month. But the PCB now knows that Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan do not support the hybrid model proposal for the Asia Cup,” an informed source aware of the developments told news agency PTI.
Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have rejected Pakistan’s hybrid model for the 2023 Asia Cup. (Reported by PTI). pic.twitter.com/ZnnTqFAJYg
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Sources said Sethi had been in touch with his cricket management committee members and relevant government officials to discuss Pakistan’s stance if the country does not host any matches in the 2023 Asia Cup. 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.
“There are only two ways for Pakistan. Play the tournament at a neutral venue or withdraw,” Asian Cricket Council (ACC) sources said. If Pakistan does not play, it will be called the Asia Cup, but the broadcaster will renegotiate the contract in Pakistan’s absence.
Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and India are of the opinion that organizing the Asia Cup in Pakistan and some other countries is not logistically, economically or feasible and should be held in Sri Lanka as India cannot travel. To 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, the broadcasters are unlikely to offer the amount to the ACC including Pakistan,” sources 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 its team to India for the 2023 ICC ODI World Cup.