The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) would not support the hybrid model put out by its Pakistani counterparts for the upcoming Asia Cup as the meeting of office-bearers of the three members of the continental organisation failed to reach a decision on this matter.
A final decision about the hosting of the 2023 Asia Cup will be made on the sidelines of the IPL final, which will likely be attended by a number of important members of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC). This was said by BCCI Secretary Jay Shah. Chairman of the Bangladesh Cricket Board, Nazmul Hassan was unable to attend the meeting due to personal obligations, however, representatives from the boards of Afghanistan and Sri Lanka could. The discussions did not lead to any conclusions.
It is believed that Afghanistan and Sri Lanka supported the Indian board’s stance in opposition to the hybrid format, where the tournament will be played in two nations since India refuses to travel to Pakistan to play matches, and felt that the scheduling will be hard on the players. A hybrid model does not appeal to the broadcasters either.
Even though no decision was made, the Indian board will continue to consider a neutral location, and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will also be called for additional negotiations. Oman Cricket chairman and ACC vice-president Pankaj Khimji has reportedly been given the task of addressing the contentious matter. The ACC is presided over by Shah. The Indian Board is fine with playing in Sri Lanka even if PCB is the tournament’s host.
The PCB decided to propose a “hybrid model” in which India might play its matches in the United Arab Emirates after the Indian board decided against visiting Pakistan for the Asia Cup in September due to safety concerns.
Such a deal would have significant effects on both the 2025 Champions Trophy, which will be held in Pakistan, and the 50-over World Cup, which will take place in India later this year.
ICC Officials to Visit Pakistan
Regarding the important subject, ICC top officials are also reported to visit Pakistan. Greg Barclay, the chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC), and Geoff Allardice, the chief executive, will travel there for two days.
Najam Sethi, the chair of the PCB Management Committee, and Barrister Salman Naseer, the board’s chief operating officer, would also be there.
All of this comes after the BCCI called the leaders of the cricket federations in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka to a meeting during the IPL to discuss the future of the Asia Cup.