Pakistan May Withdraw From the Asia Cup 2023: Report
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is considering the possibility of not participating in the upcoming Asia Cup, scheduled for September this year.
Reports indicate that Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan opposed to the hybrid model proposed by the PCB, who are hosting the Asia Cup. This leaves Pakistan with two options: either organizing the event at a neutral venue or withdrawing from the tournament.
A reliable source mentioned that the Asian Cricket Council executive board members are expect to convene virtually or hold a formal meeting later this month to discuss the situation.
However, it is clear that Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan do not support the PCB’s hybrid model proposal for the Asia Cup.
It’s important to note that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has declined to send their team to Pakistan for the Asia Cup and prefers the tournament to be held at a neutral venue. Conversely, the PCB is hesitant to host the event outside of Pakistan as it would undermine their efforts to revive international cricket in the country.
Likewise, the BCCI is unlikely to accept the PCB’s hybrid model, which suggests playing four group stage matches in Pakistan and the remaining matches at a neutral venue.
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