On the issue of Asia Cup, an official of the Indian Cricket Board says that I have not seen the new proposal for the Asia Cup, but there has been no change in our position.
Asia Cup in Pakistan 2023
Talking to the Indian media, the Indian board official said that we want the Asia Cup to be played at a neutral venue and this venue is not UAE, it is very hot there, so we cannot take the risk of injuries to the players.
He said that Sri Lanka is the best place for the tournament, so far we have not talked about boycotting the Asia Cup, first let us understand the situation and then we will take a decision.
According to Indian cricket board official all 5 countries must be on same page, we want the whole tournament to be shifted, it is necessary for everyone’s security due to political tension in Pakistan.
He added that there will be further progress on this issue this week, when we meet with other stakeholders.
Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have given the green signal for the new hybrid model
Sources say that the cricket boards of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have given assurances to the PCB through emails, while BCCI and the PCB have not yet had any direct contact.
An internal meeting of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) is expected in Dubai in the next couple of days.
According to sources, ACC chief Jay Shah will also attend the meeting, where PCB’s newly proposed hybrid model will be discussed.
The final meeting will be called after the internal meeting of the Asian Cricket Council, the final meeting may be called in the last week of this month.
Sources say that PCB wants to hold the Asia Cup in UAE due to gate money, ticket sales in UAE can bring more financial benefit than Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
After approval of the hybrid model, the PCB can also show flexibility at the neutral venue.
PCB will have a cheaper neutral venue in UAE than Sri Lanka in terms of logistics, another option is to use Sri Lanka’s Dambulla and Palikele stadiums as neutral venues.