The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) gears up for the highly anticipated Asia Cup, with a twist in the tale as Pakistan’s involvement in the tournament remains uncertain, according to a report by The Telegraph India.
Jay Shah, the BCCI secretary and ACC chairman, has unequivocally conveyed to the member nations that the suggested “hybrid model” put forth by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will not accepted. In recent discussions with the heads of participating countries, Shah proposed that the tournament be held at a single venue, specifically Sri Lanka.
Under the proposed hybrid model by the PCB, the initial four matches of the group stage in the primary phase of the tournament would have played in Pakistan. Subsequently, the next phase, including India’s matches and the finals, set to take place at a neutral venue, with Dubai being the preferred choice. This arrangement would have seen Pakistan playing their group-stage match against Nepal on home soil. Similarly, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan would also have played their pool matches in Pakistan.
However, it has revealed that during the upcoming executive board meeting of the ACC, Pakistan will informed that all other participating nations have unanimously agreed to play in Sri Lanka. As the designated hosts, the PCB will required to comply with this decision and play their matches in Sri Lanka or alternatively withdraw from the tournament. In such a scenario, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan will be the confirmed teams, with the inclusion of a fifth team yet to determined.
India’s refusal to tour Pakistan and their rejection of the hybrid model could potentially lead Pakistan to contemplate withdrawing from the World Cup. The PCB has reportedly informed officials from the International Cricket Council (ICC) that their participation in the global tournament hinges upon receiving clearance from the government.
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