The Asia Cup 2023 is scheduled to be played in September.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) suffered a major setback after the cricket associations of Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan refused to participate in the 2023 Asian Cup with a hybrid model. A year after the Indian Cricket Control Committee (BCCI) refused to visit Pakistan citing security concerns, PCB Secretary Najam Sethi finally proposed a hybrid model to join the Continental Championship. .
According to PCB’s proposed hybrid model, four or five matches will be played in Pakistan and the rest in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). However, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) opposed PCB’s proposal. Especially if Pakistan has to participate in the Asian Cup, it has to play at neutral venues.
If Pakistan wants to retain the right to host the Asian Cup, it must host the tournament in Sri Lanka and the other participating countries must agree to this. With all three countries rejecting the proposed hybrid model, PCB is likely to withdraw from the tournament. In this case, the UAE will qualify for the six-team tournament.
PCB also intends to participate in the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup in India later this year, after BCCI head Jay Shah announced that the Indian cricket team would not go through Pakistan. Stated.
Pakistan rejected SLC’s offer to play in some ODIs before the Asian Cup.
PCB recently reportedly rejected Sri Lanka’s offer to host the ODI series as the Babar Azam-led team toured the island nation for two test series after SLC offered to host all the games of the continental championship. was taken. PCB officials said the PCB rejected the proposal due to strained relations between the two cricket governing bodies.