Last Updated on June 5, 2023 by Mavia
The hybrid format for the Asia Cup, as out by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), is acceptable to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Inside Sport reported that the BCCI wants a written guarantee from the PCB regarding its plans to travel to India for this year’s World Cup.
Asia Cup 2023: ACC Accepts PCB’s Hybrid Model
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is willing to move through with the hybrid model of the Asia Cup as a result of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) receiving backing from the other Asian countries. However, BCCI has proposed a new requirement. It requests written confirmation from the PCB that it will travel to India for the World Cup 2023 in October, according to the article.
The BCCI is anticipated to formally endorse the hybrid model during the Special General Meeting on May 27 in Ahmedabad, according to the article.
It should be mentioned that BCCI is determined to ensure that the event be staged at a neutral venue and has refused to send their squad to Pakistan for the Asia Cup. However, the PCB has no interest in organizing the event outside of Pakistan because doing so would undermine its attempts to bring back international cricket to the nation.
The PCB provided the hybrid model with two possibilities to break the impasse. In the first option, Pakistan would host all other matches while a neutral venue would host India’s matches. In a different scenario, Pakistan would host four of the group stage matches in the first phase while a neutral site would host the final, Indian team matches, and the subsequent stage matches in the second phase.
Najam Sethi, the chairman of the PCB Management Committee, had urged a logical strategy to resolve the situation, which threatens both the country’s participation in this year’s ODI World Cup and the successful hosting of the Asia Cup.
Sethi stated that the likelihood of the Pakistani squad visiting India for the ODI World Cup is slim while speaking to the media on the occasion of the meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Inter-Provincial Coordination (IPC).
“In the event that India declines to visit Pakistan to compete in the Asia Cup, there is a potential that the Pakistani authorities won’t permit the Men in Green to cross the border to participate in the World Cup. The ultimate loser in such scenario will be cricket, according to Sethi.
“There should be a compromise to resolve issues that unquestionably jeopardize the successful holding of ICC and ACC events. The government will not permit us to travel to India to participate in World Cup matches if India refuses to travel to Pakistan for the Asia Cup, he continued.
According to sources cited by ARY News on Thursday, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has allegedly approved the hybrid hosting plan proposed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for the Asia Cup in Pakistan in September.
Pakistan would host four to six Asia Cup games, according to the hybrid model that PCB Management Committee Chairman Najam Sethi submitted to the ACC. India will play its games in a neutral site that is also the site of other games at the same time.
Sources claim that the Asian organization has accepted the hybrid concept put forth by Najam Sethi in principle and without any further requirements.
This hybrid concept calls for Pakistan to host four to six games, with the remaining games taking place in Sri Lanka or the United Arab Emirates at neutral venues.
The insider stated that “however, all the details will be finalized in the ACC meeting to be held shortly.”
It is important to note that the Men’s ODI World Cup and the next Asia Cup have both been put in peril when the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) refused to tour Pakistan for the aforementioned competition on the basis of politics.
The PCB was insistent that if the BCCI would not tour Pakistan for the Asia Cup, Pakistan might not travel to India for the World Cup in October-November. The BCCI maintained their position on this matter.