Pakistan Will Boycott Sri Lanka Test Series If Asia Cup Model is Oppose:
Reports indicate that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has issued a threat to withdraw from the forthcoming two-match Test series against Sri Lanka in June if Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) opposes the proposed hybrid model for the 2023 Asia Cup. Under this hybrid model, the Asia Cup would be divide into two phases, with Pakistan hosting the first phase and a neutral venue hosting the second phase. Notably, India would only participate in the second phase and would not play in Pakistan, a move aimed at addressing the political tensions between the two countries.
Pakistan’s warning to withdraw from the Test series against Sri Lanka underscores their commitment to hosting the 2023 Asia Cup in some capacity. The PCB reportedly disappointed with Sri Lanka’s alleged resistance to the proposed plan, emphasizing the need for flexibility and understanding in handling such sensitive matters. The outcome of this situation and whether a resolution can be achieve to satisfy all parties involved remains uncertain. Nevertheless, this development highlights the intricacies of hosting international cricket and the delicate balance required to navigate geopolitical challenges while upholding the spirit of the game.
Scheduled for September, preceding the ODI World Cup in India, the 2023 Asia Cup holds significance for Pakistan. The PCB has made it clear that they will not participate in the mega event if they are denied the opportunity to host the Asia Cup.